Microsoft prompted a few sighs of relief from would-be Windows Phone 7 owners using Macs rather than PCs, when the company confirmed earlier this month that it would be releasing a sync tool to easily transfer content between the two platforms. We've been using the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac for the past week; read on for all the details.
Microsoft has confirmed that it intends to release a Windows Phone 7 sync tool for Mac users, with a public beta of the so-far unnamed app expected later in 2010. The news follows an errant tweet from a Microsoft employee confirming Mac compatibility for the new smartphone platform.
So, Microsoft had a big Windows Phone 7 event this week in NYC, announcing several actual phones, with the internet exploding in a wave of first takes, reviews, and opinions of the new platform. To add something a little new though, here’s my take as to how Windows Phone 7 might play out for teenagers.
Today Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 along with its handset and carrier partners. Microsoft has had success with its Windows Mobile products in the past with enterprise customers but has failed to achieve any significant traction with Windows Mobile in the consumer’s space. Windows Phone 7 is the culmination of over two years of resources and work on Microsoft’s behalf and may be their last chance to make any significant consumer inroads.
Last Friday Google’s Android creator Andy Rubin made a statement in an interview claiming that the world didn’t need another mobile platform. What I found interesting about his statement was that he has forgotten that the company he currently works for (Google) was started at a time when many in the industry said there was no need for another search engine. In the technology industry there is always room for innovation. The real question is whether Windows Phone 7 is innovative enough to keep Microsoft in the mobile game. Read on for further analysis.
Microsoft's US event for the launch of Windows Phone 7 isn't until later today - and we'll be liveblogging the whole thing at http://live.slashgear.com - but HTC has given us a sneak preview of what they'll be bringing to the North American market. The HTC 7 Surround is set to arrive on AT&T in the US and TELUS in Canada on November 7 2010.
HTC has announced its range of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, with models set to debut in Europe on October 21 and in the US on November 7. The HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy and HTC HD7 will all launch in the UK as carrier exclusives, while the HTC 7 Surround will be an AT&T exclusive in the US. Meanwhile a fifth device, the HTC 7 Pro, will arrive in Europe later in 2010 complete with a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard and broad network availability . More details after the cut.
It comes as almost less of a surprise than Microsoft's confirmation that all UK carriers would be offering Windows Phone 7 devices, but Samsung has made the nowhere-near-shocking announcement that they will, indeed, be offering handsets running the new smartphone OS. Nice of them to let us know, but since we've already seen the Samsung Omnia 7 in the wild, the whole thing is a little redundant.
Microsoft has announced the next phase of expansion for its Zune multimedia platform, and it means that the Zune Pass subscription download service is finally spreading outside of North America. As of v4.7, the Zune software will also be the tool for managing Windows Phone 7 devices; Microsoft will roll it out in over 20 countries, together with bringing Zune Pass access to the UK, France, Italy and Spain.
We've already heard that Microsoft's working on the HD 2. And, there's probably plenty of people who are eagerly anticipating its announcement, or at least some spy shots. And while we wish we could provide those for you today, that's just not the case. Instead, we're hearing murmurs from an insider that the official unveiling of the future of the Zune HD, whatever that may be, is set to go public come this October. Right along side the official debut of Windows Phone 7.