Microsoft releases Windows Phone app for Win8

After unleashing Windows 8 last week, Microsoft is now setting its sights on Windows Phone 8—and preparing for the next-gen phone operating system’s launch, which is supposed to take place today. In anticipation, the company has released a "Modern UI"-style Windows 8 app that will let users manage their Windows Phone 8 handsets right from their Win8 PCs and tablets. Take a look:

Among other things, the app allows users to transfer photos and music to and from their phones. Microsoft also says you can "automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC," which sounds a bit like Apple’s iCloud service. However, the app asks me to plug in a Windows 8 phone when I open it. Hmm.

The screenshot above also suggests some level of synchronization between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps, but the product description doesn’t go into much detail. Given that the two operating systems share a common foundation, though, I’m assuming there’s going to be plenty of room for interoperability in that department.

In any case, the Windows Phone app runs on both Intel and ARM-based systems, so you should be able to use it on both conventional PCs and those newfangled tablets like the Microsoft Surface and Asus VivoTab RT… just as soon as Windows Phone 8 handsets actually come out, that is.

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    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    If Microsoft doesn’t come out with an RTS-like tool that lets you run a program remotely on your Windows 8 PC and view the GUI on your Windows 8 phone/tablet, I’m going to be very disappointed in them.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    I have to admit that Microsoft has done a good job with reducing the versions of Windows. There is really only one version now which is just Windows 8. No one can buy Windows RT just like no one can buy iOS or Android. So that one doesn’t count. And Windows 8 Pro just adds a few features that matter most to businesses. You can add those features at a later date if you need to by buying the Pro Upgrade Pack.

    Prices are also lower than they have ever been. So even though I have been critical of the OS itself, the version creep and pricing gouging is pretty much dead. Kudos to you Microsoft!

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Not sure if sarcasm or doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.

    • Voldenuit
    • 7 years ago

    What about transferring files other than music and pictures? Current WP7 users have to perform various acts of gymnastics to get their files onto their phones, such as importing them from Dropbox or Skydrive. It’s ironic that Android phones are more compatible with Windows PCs than Windows phones.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      win phone 8 supports drag and drop. here’s a demo: [url<]http://wmpoweruser.com/drag-and-drop-file-management-demoed-in-windows-phone-8/[/url<]

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        Yay! Thanks for that info! Good news for people contemplating WP8. With nokia promising bluetooth file transfer on their windows phones (though they did not say it would be available at launch), I might finally be able to get the same amount of functionality from a windows phone that I currently enjoy on my 2 year old N8.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          [url<]http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-phone-8/windows-phone-8-144662?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter[/url<]

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]On your phone[/quote<] I wouldn't have Ke$ha and Gaga on my phone..... uuuuuugh.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      IT WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM ALL YOUR JUSTIN BIEBER! AND WHO WANTS THAT?!?!?!

        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        Justin Bieber is old hat, everybody knows One Direction is the new hotness.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          i don’t know what that is.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Old fart.

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            If he’s an ‘old fart’, then I’m The Crypt Keeper (and just in time for Hallowe’en!)

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            that show had so much unneeded nudity. was awesome when i was 14 🙂

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