New PC app wants to "welcome" users to Windows Phone

We are just a few days away from Nokia and Microsoft officially announcing their new Windows Phone-powered Lumia devices, although there have certainly been plenty of pre-announcement leaks about the hardware already. There will perhaps be some people who currently own a smartphone based on another operating system who could trade it in for these new Windows Phone products.

But what if you have lots of contacts, photos, music, video or even apps that you want to keep around from your previous smartphone? This week, developer Quixey announced a new and free Windows PC and Mac OS X app called, in a rather friendly tone, Welcome to Windows Phone. The software is now available for download on Mark/Space.

In a post on the Quixey blog, the company says that this app is made specifically for Nokia Lumia devices, although its possible that the app could work for any other Windows Phone device from HTC, Samsung and others. While transferring contacts, videos, photos and others should be straightforward, its the transfer of apps that could be the most interesting thing about Welcome to Windows Phone.

However, it sounds like the app actually offers recommendations to new Windows Phone owners on which apps to download rather than the physical movement of apps from phone to phone. The blog states:

Once Welcome Home to Windows Phone is installed onto the computer, users plug in their smartphone through a USB port and follow the simple steps to transfer their data. The software will recognize apps currently installed on the phone, and then find the exact match or a recommendation for a similar app on Windows Phone.

Via: The Verge
Source: Quixey blog | Image via Quixey

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-Razorfold said,
Where does it say Microsoft made it? Oh wait it doesn't.

Where do I mention Microsoft? Oh wait, I never did.

doh said,
Where do I mention Microsoft? Oh wait, I never did.

Redmond? And what is in Redmond? Oh wait, Microsoft is.

It was quite clear what you were going for.

Do they plan on making one of these for the transition from WP7 to WP8? Or are we expected to start "fresh" like an iOS or Android user moving across?

The lack of phone sync and backup is pretty awful at the moment.

jasonon said,
don't have pandora? well have slacker!

that isn't going to please many people

True, but while Windows Phone doesn't have an official Pandora app, it does have some good unofficial ones.

I wish Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac would sync my bookmarks, calendar and contacts. But nope.

Oh, and before anyone starts: I don't want to use any Google services.

.Neo said,
I wish Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac would sync my bookmarks, calendar and contacts.

Asking as a potential Lumia buyer, is there a way around that? (Besides via Google.)

.Neo said,
I wish Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac would sync my bookmarks, calendar and contacts. But nope.

Oh, and before anyone starts: I don't want to use any Google services.


Why not use your live account?

siah1214 said,

Why not use your live account?

That would solve the contacts and calendar issues, but still-what about the bookmarks?

.Neo said,
I wish Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac would sync my bookmarks, calendar and contacts. But nope.

Yes, that would be great.

I wonder if the developer has made available the app suggestion system somewhere online? Cause this download doesn't actually let you type in an app and get a suggestion. It'd be fun to see which apps are suggested.

At least it has gradients! Be thankful for them! It could have been one solid black of colour (i.e. Met.. Modern UI).

JessJess said,
At least it has gradients! Be thankful for them! It could have been one solid black of colour (i.e. Met.. Modern UI).

They could have done worse than copy the Zune program UI...