Microsoft threw its Windows Phone Users a bone today, they released the Windows Phone App to the Store with which you can manage your latest Windows Phones. Note the word “Latest” in there because it is significant. It means this app will not support anything less than Windows Phone 8 devices. Bummer really, especially to Nokia 800/900 users. Microsoft this is unacceptable, if you keep screwing your user base, it will not be good for the platform adoption in the long run as it will erode confidence of future usability of MS platform devices. So, throw WP7 users a bone too will you?!
Anyway, we knew this App was coming as the Zune brand was being deprecated all over the place. For example you can still install Zune software on your Windows 8 devices to manage your phones, but it only works on the Desktop, which means WindowsRT users are out of luck. So, this is a timely release indeed, especially because Windows Phone 8 is going live today.
Here is how MS describes the App in the Store:
Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 work together seamlessly with the Windows Phone app so you always have your photos, videos, and music, and more where you want them.
Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.
Anyone seen in this description that Windows Phone 7.5 will not be supported? I don’t! So, can we take Microsoft now to court for abandoning us WP7 users? Anyways, you are lucky Microsoft as I intend to get the Lumia 920 shortly, so I wont wake my lawyer from his slumber. But still, I think it’s a shame that a lot of old WinPhone users are sidelined this way. First, it was no WP8 upgrade, and now this.
If you one of the lucky few who already have a WP8 device, please go ahead and download this app via the Source link, or if you are a WP7 user and you want to complain to Microsoft, also download it and add your frustration to the long list on the App Review page.
Thanks Nazmus for a great tip.