Preview: Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, beta due October 24

Microsoft is set to release a beta version of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac on October 24.

The connector will allow Mac users to sync their Windows Phone 7 devices with iTunes and iPhoto. Neowin has been able to take an early look at the beta software and can confirm the beta is very stable and functions well. Windows Phone 7 Mac users will be able to sync Music, Videos and Photos to their phones.

The Windows Phone Connector sits on top of Apple's iTunes/iPhoto for Mac and interacts with both software programs using public APIs. Microsoft says it has not had to work with Apple in order to implement the connector. The install package is extremely lightweight at only 1.5MB. The application will also receive regular updates in the future. It's not designed to replace the Zune experience from the PC and we hope that Microsoft considers writing a full Zune application for Mac in the future.

At a Windows Phone 7 reviewers workshop, held last week in London, Microsoft's Head of UK Consumer Windows Phone Marketing, Oded Ran, confirmed a public beta will be released on October 24 and a full release will be available "later this year".

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This is good to see, as I think it's important for users of other OS's to be able to connect their phones to their computers and sync files and pictures. I am a little surprised though that they were able to build this on top of iTunes, as I thought Apple would frown upon anything like that... I wonder if that will become a problem in the future...

Quikboy said,
Anyone else using IE9 and have trouble viewing full pics in both IE9 and compatiblity mode?

Doesn't work properly in Safari 5 either.

Quikboy said,
Anyone else using IE9 and have trouble viewing full pics in both IE9 and compatiblity mode?

Not working in Firefox, either.

Scratch that. It works now. Earlier the page would just dim and nothing would display.

xiphi said,

Not working in Firefox, either.

Scratch that. It works now. Earlier the page would just dim and nothing would display.

Yeah, I noticed that earlier as well. Now it seems to be redirecting to the image url only. So I guess that's an interim fix.

Shea J said,
why do we need software to sync music and other files? its called drag and drop

MS dont go the apple route please

Well, this is arguably designed to make that easier for the consumer... I think this is certainly a good thing here...