I'm speaking primarily of music and Xbox Music to phones and media devices. Syncing a playlist for streaming is not syncing files ala Zune. I only know of one, Media Monkey.I
As for others, I'm not aware of any that device sync. There may be... The only one I personally would have a use for is Endomondo and Sportstracker which do not sync with the device, they sync with the web site, which syncs with the phone or device.
This. I think the only place we part on this topic, is I believe because what you say above it True, Microsoft should lead the charge by example.
Which Microsoft is indeed trying to do (with OneDrive, Skype, Office, etc.). However, part of the problem Microsoft itself faces is that even as it does what it can to actually provide examples of how functional equivalency between Win32 and ModernUI can be possible, the fearmongers are jumping in, saying that this simply illustrates Microsoft's intention of killing the desktop application market.
Please - like improved ModernUI applications will kill the desktop market anytime soon.
I have stated - repeatedly - that Windows Explorer ties into OneDrive, and right now. (This is easily provable - go to your OneDrive icon in Windows Explorer (or RTExplorer, if you are running an RT tablet) and open it. Then drag a file from your local folders that is small enough to fit to a folder in OneDrive. Once the folders sync (if you are online, they will sync at the speed of your connection), you have just copied a file - to the cloud - without going NEAR ModernUI, or a third-party application.) If you are used to Explorer as file-management application (and I am) that is one monstrous advantage that OneDrive Explorer has to overcome. OneDrive Explorer must be equal to File Explorer - in terms of functionality - to stand any chance of replacing it. It's the same bar that applies to any ModernUI application - in that sense, I'm not treating Microsoft any different from any other application developer. However, this same feature will require third-party cloud providers to enable their cloud-storage services to plug into File Explorer and/or OneDrive Explorer; IS there a common API for cloud-storage providers in the ModernUI API system? If there IS a common API, it's on third parties - Google, MEGA, etc. - to leverage it. If NOT, it behooves Microsoft and the rest of the stakeholders to create one.
This one feature is something that Win32 has not had since the abortive "Nashville/Memphis" of Windows 9x - the few third-party hacks since have not been as elegant as how OneDrive ties into File Explorer. (In fact, its so elegant it is nearly invisible.) It's something that any Windows 8+ user can use, if they use OneDrive - however, it can't be unique to OneDrive.
And don't assume that I want the feature to be desktop-exclusive - I definitely do NOT. I don't expect to always be using a desktop-only computer or device. At some point, I WILL want that feature to be found in ModernUI - if for no other reason than my not always being at my desktop computer. That may well be the REAL rub - how many of those pointing-device-centric users are ALWAYS at a desktop-formfactor computer? (They may run 7 at home, but 7, Vista, or XP at work. Windows 8+ is too different from what they run at work - I get that much.) Android has a file-navigation problem - so does iOS. They have lots of casual games and apps - however, both blow when it comes to file navigation, let alone file management. RT, for all its faults, doesn't blow in that area - it has the same file-navigation and management capabilities as Windows 8+ - and by design. That is the REAL choice for users - what is more important?