Updated Windows Phone 8 desktop app for Windows 7 and 8 released

Owners of Windows Phone 8 devices who sync their smartphones with content found on their Windows PCs will be happy to know that a new version of the Windows Phone desktop app is now available for download, with a number of improvements.

The Windows Phone blog has the details on the new version, which supports Windows 7 and 8. One of the improvements allows users to sync up podcasts stored on a PC that come from any source, rather than podcasts from a user's iTunes library. The new version also allows Windows Phone 8 products to sync content from any file or folder on a Windows PC, even if those files are found on an external hard drive.

The Windows Phone desktop app also has added a way to show if a new version of the app is available for download. Previously, users had to check on the WindowsPhone.com site to see if a new version had been released. Finally, the new version has a number of unnamed bug fixes included.

Keep in mind that this desktop app is just for Windows 7 and 8 PCs; it does not cover older versions of the OS nor does it support being installed on Windows RT products such as Surface RT.

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nor does it support being installed on Windows RT products such as Surface RT.

I find this rather curious. They could have easily compiled it for ARM as well. Being it's a Microsoft desktop application it would therefore be signed by Microsoft and would run on Windows RT, no jailbreak required as it matches the signing requirement. I don't care since I don't own a windows phone, but I can't help but wonder why they didn't offer it.

marcus_registradus said,
I think this is really the first release? The previous version was just a Metro app?

no the desktop app has been out since shortly after win ph 8 launched, it was the only way win7 users could sync post zune

marcus_registradus said,
I think this is really the first release? The previous version was just a Metro app?

No, this has been around since launch, albeit with a Beta tag.

littleneutrino said,
only had the windows phone for a week and i can honestly say i have never plugged it into my computer lol.

Yeah, there's little need, but some people do need features like this...

I honestly had no idea this program existed though... I thought they just had that horrible Metro App...

What about playlists? If it's going to be a desktop app, might as well stick with Windows Media Player Classic other than the app notification.

MorganX said,
What about playlists? If it's going to be a desktop app, might as well stick with Windows Media Player Classic other than the app notification.

What do you mean playlists? I see the ones on my PC I can sync to my phone.

That's exactly what I mean. You create a playlist, sync it to your phone and it syncs the music. Change the playlist on your PC to add or remove songs, and it syncs the changes and add/removes songs appropriately from phone. Does it do that?

That's a yes or no. If you have uses Zune or iTunes you are familiar with how this works.

briangw said,

What do you mean playlists? I see the ones on my PC I can sync to my phone.