Mac users get new version of Windows Phone sync app

Mac owners with Windows Phones have been able to sync up their devices via Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Connector app for a while now. With the launch of Windows Phone 8, as well as new smartphones, Microsoft has quietly revamped their Mac sync app, which also has a new name: Windows Phone.

Besides a new, and very generic, name, the 3.0 version of the app supports the new Windows Phone 8 devices coming from Nokia, Samsung and HTC. It also allows Mac systems to charge up Windows Phone 8 smartphones and adds the ability to drag and drop any files between your Windows Phone and your Mac.

Windows Phone 8 smartphones will also get some kind of improved capacity support for ringtone files with the new app. Finally, if you happen to own one of those fancy Macs with the high res Retina display, the new Windows Phone app should support those screens.

It's good to know that Microsoft is aware that there is an audience for Windows Phone 8 smartphones for people who might prefer Macs to Windows PCs and this new app should please those Mac fans out there.

Via: WPCentral.com
Source: Mac App Store | Image via Microsoft

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I tried it on my mac and it worked ok. I could get music onto my phone and everything. Contacts and appointments come down from gmail. If you want to sync your contacts and appointments go buy a crackberry!

Enron said,
It's probably more convenient to put Win on the Mc until you get a new machine.

And rebuy most software I have? No, that's not really convenient.

Still no sync support for contacts, notes, calendars and bookmarks. Nor seems there be support for wireless syncing. Ultimately the poor sync support between Mac and Windows Phone is what made me decide against upgrading my Lumia 900 to 920. Shame really, I quite liked Windows Phone's interface.

.Neo said,
Still no sync support for contacts, notes, calendars and bookmarks. Nor seems there be support for wireless syncing. Ultimately the poor sync support between Mac and Windows Phone is what made me decide against upgrading my Lumia 900 to 920. Shame really, I quite liked Windows Phone's interface.

What poor sync support? Windows phone doesn't support local syncing of anything other than media. It doesn't support this on Windows either. It's a cloud centered operating system.

nesl247 said,
What poor sync support? Windows phone doesn't support local syncing of anything other than media. It doesn't support this on Windows either. It's a cloud centered operating system.

It's next to impossible to upload contacts from your Mac to Windows Live. Not through vCards, not through the Outlook for Mac. Which means you're forced to used Google's services, leaving you with three accounts you have to manage. Never mind trying to sync the whole thing back to your Mac. I haven't found a single straight forward way to sync bookmarks/favorites with Windows Phone. Same goes with notes.

Edited by .Neo, Nov 1 2012, 5:52pm :

.Neo said,

It's next to impossible to upload contacts from your Mac to Windows Live. Not through vCards, not through the Outlook for Mac. Which means you're forced to used Google's services, something I find insane. Same goes for the lack of syncing of bookmarks.

This is nothing unique to the Mac, you act as if Windows can do this. All the backup features are coming in WP8, which is funny considering that's what the phone you've decided against purchasing actually runs.

funkydude said,

This is nothing unique to the Mac, you act as if Windows can do this. All the backup features are coming in WP8, which is funny considering that's what the phone you've decided against purchasing actually runs.

All my contacts/calendars are on Office 365 which works on my Mc. I don't know of a bookmark sync for Mc or Win though.

funkydude said,
This is nothing unique to the Mac, you act as if Windows can do this.

On Windows you can export your contacts from Outlook and import them in Windows Live. For whatever reason Windows Live doesn't support Outlook for Mac's file format. Beyond that, you people find it normal there's no way to sync bookmarks? Not even on Windows? Okay then... Personally I don't.

Edited by .Neo, Nov 1 2012, 7:32pm :

.Neo said,

On Windows you can export your contacts from Outlook and import them in Windows Live. For whatever reason Windows Live doesn't support Outlook for Mac's file format. Beyond that, you people find it normal there's no way to sync bookmarks? Not even on Windows? Okay then... Personally I don't.

I don't have it in front of me, but I'm pretty sure I've exported contacts to a .csv file before from Outlook 2011. I know you can certainly export to a .csv file from Address Book.

nesl247 said,
I don't have it in front of me, but I'm pretty sure I've exported contacts to a .csv file before from Outlook 2011. I know you can certainly export to a .csv file from Address Book.

Do you know how? In Contacts (Address Book) the only two options I have under export are vCard and Contacts Archive.