Official Windows Phone 8 app for Windows 8 updated

If you own a Windows Phone 8 smartphone such as one of Nokia's Lumia phones or the HTC Windows Phone 8X, and if you also own a PC with Windows 8 or Windows RT installed, you can link the two devices together with the official Windows Phone app for Windows 8.

The app recently received an update in the Windows Store that adds a few new features that should prove helpful for Windows Phone 8 owners. The new version will let users who connect a Windows Phone 8 smartphone to a PC a way to transfer new playlists and ringtones from that Windows 8 or RT PC to the smartphone. Additionally, the newly updated app will also allow users to view any videos that have been recorded on a Windows Phone 8 product directly on the app.

As we have reported a few days ago, Microsoft is hiring people to work on a project that's designed to have Windows Phone apps work with Windows 8 and vice-versa with no porting needed. If that happens we can expect to see an explosion of new apps for both operating systems.

Source: Windows Store via WPCentral.com| Image via Microsoft

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wotsit said,
Didn't even know this existed - so this is Zune's replacement?

"Replacement" is, at the moment, a big word; it is what WP8 users have to deal with because Zune does not work with WP8 devices.

Great for WP8 owner... And for WP7, don't be worried Zune works like a charm on Windows 8 x86... But it could be better if Microsoft allows WP7.8 to use the ModernUI Windows Phone App cause if you want to manage stuff between a WP7.8 and a Windows RT Tablet : no way (ok, yes, you can manage some things online via MS account but you cant manage Music by this way).

Yes Mr Ballmer, I bought a Surface RT cause I wanted a Windows tablet, and I really, really enjoy it but sorry, I can't buy a Windows tablet + a new Windows smartphone (wich cost a tablet price). Yes I want an Windows ecosystem but for now I have to stay with my WP7.8 wich still very fine (and was hard to update to 7.8 : by myself, cause your carriers partners are very very lazy - It's lot of months later, for best - here, in France but I'm pretty sure it's same situation in rest of the world).

So, I gonna buy a SurfacePro cause I will need a laptop replacement and the Surface Microsoft hardware convinces me, but it is not for now (and even if i would buy it now, I couldn't : it's not available in France... nor Europe for now).
But once again, I can't buy every new ecosystem devices. So, abot the smartphone, I will stick with my WP7.8 devices wich is fine (it was a high level product, 4" inches screen, 1Go ram, 1.5Ghz cpu and 8Gb stockage memory... So, hardware features on new entry level WP8 smartphones doesn't interest me, I don't need quad core CPU... I need 32Gb memory)

But It s really not a good perception campaign to not allow previous WP users to not get any new software or zune update to work with new devices RT environment... I believe in RT as I believe in ARM devices ( as a complement of x86) but it needs your attention.
Even Mac user still have a Sync connector between OSX and WP7 devices. It's not good for potential new users to see that just previous iteration device users doesn't get attention.

Edited by Wireless wookie, Feb 26 2013, 1:03pm :

You can manage playlists on the phone. Adding playlists may be possible by browsing to a physical playlist on your PC. There is not facility to sync/or copy a playlist and the songs in it to the phone.

It's something, but not nearly enough coming from Microsoft. Still a terrible and basically meaningless/unusable app.

As Android phones and tablets continue to proliferate, Microsoft will figure out this needs to be a priority, way too late. Can't blame it on Sinofsky now, he gone.

Stupid question of the day, but will this work with the Zune? I ask because the Zune software crashes every time I start it. It just reuses to run on my PC.

Zune still works great as a standalone desktop music player and organizer, but unfortunately you can't use it anymore to connect to your WP8 device to sync or manage content on your phone. It only works for WP7.X and Zune devices . You'll need to sync via File Explorer, Windows Media Player or any software that supports MTP. While that's great, it sucks for the most of us that loved the Zune software. They really should have just rebranded the Zune software and improved upon that. *sigh*

Title should read "Official Windows Phone 8 app for Windows 8 updated - App still sucks"

This app doesn't even deserve to have Beta in it's name....

Neowin should write something up about how bad this app is, and the whole xbox entertainment is on PC and Phone... More pressure needs put on Microsoft. What they brought to the table sounded amazing, but so far they haven't backed it up IMO...

This is comming from a lifelong Microsoft Only customer....

As a massive microsoft fanboy, I agree with you.

The music/syncing experience on WP8 and W8 is extremely lacking compared to WP7 + Zune.

Debating between a newer Windows Phone when I can upgrade thru at&T at this point, think I may go for Windows Phone 8 thus far here.

bikeman25 said,
Debating between a newer Windows Phone when I can upgrade thru at&T at this point, think I may go for Windows Phone 8 thus far here.

I'm waiting for Nokia to announce their new phones, can't wait to upgrade from my 808 PureView!

Good to see. I'm just curious how long it'll take until it reaches the same level of polish the Zune program has? Ditto on the music player. I love my Windows 8/Metro, but for music I go straight to the desktop still

Chikairo said,
Good to see. I'm just curious how long it'll take until it reaches the same level of polish the Zune program has? Ditto on the music player. I love my Windows 8/Metro, but for music I go straight to the desktop still

We have to remember that Zune was up to v4.x while this app is still not even at v2.0 iirc. We'll see how much more they upgrade it as the year goes on.

ZipZapRap said,
I think you're the only person to ever use Zune and not like it. It was and is, just fantastic.

I was not crazy for Zune either but.... compared to what we have now was indeed "great".