Windows 8 companion app for Windows Phone revealed?

With both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 scheduled to launch later this fall, it's not much of a shock to learn that Microsoft is developing a new 'Modern UI'-based Windows 8 app that will serve as a companion product for people who own Windows Phone devices.

The Verge reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft will have the Windows Phone companion app (which apparently doesn't have a proper name yet) ready to download from the Windows Store when a Windows Phone device is connected to a Windows 8 product. The screenshot shows content from a Windows Phone being displayed within the Windows 8 app.

The app will reportedly allow owners of those products to quickly access content in their phones, such as photos, videos and music, on a Windows 8 PC or tablet, replacing some of the functionality currently available in the Zune PC application. Windows 7 users won't be left in the dark; the article claims that Microsoft will also launch a new desktop software product that will handle the same duties as the Windows 8 "Modern" app.

We might learn more about how this Windows Phone companion app works later this week when Nokia and Microsoft host a press event in New York City on Wednesday.

Source: The Verge | Image via The Verge

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13 Comments

LAMj said,
Long live Zune!

I will miss Zune and Windows Phone 7 desing. The true is that the old "Metro" UI was very beautiful and trully my favorite. The new "Modern" UI of Windows 8 it's f*king ugly with the excess of white, the windows 7 wallpapers-like backgrounds for the Start Screen, the lack of animations and marked borders for live tiles. What happened here with the Windows 8 designers? D:

IvoFajardo said,

I will miss Zune and Windows Phone 7 desing. The true is that the old "Metro" UI was very beautiful and trully my favorite. The new "Modern" UI of Windows 8 it's f*king ugly with the excess of white, the windows 7 wallpapers-like backgrounds for the Start Screen, the lack of animations and marked borders for live tiles. What happened here with the Windows 8 designers? D:

Where does Windows 8 have excess white? The start screen doesn't have any white. Apps? Well those are up to developers. But the Mail app doesn't have any excess white in my opinion.

What do you mean by lack of animation and marked borders for live tiles??

WP7 live tiles were dead static (other than very rare ones like the People tile). All they could do was flip. Nothing changed in Win8, they're still static (they slide instead of flipping)

This new companion app is ONLY for WP8, this article has said nothing at all about about my phone (the Lumia 800 which is only going up to WP7.8 !!).

I am puzlzed by what seems to be the sequence: "On my phone" and then "In the store"......
"On my phone" and then "On my device" would make more sense. Hopefully we will be able to customize the order the panels are presented.

Explain. What is the difference between "on my phone" and "on my device"? Isn't that redundant? They mean the same thing. Unless you mean the local collection on your PC, being your device.

rfirth said,
Explain. What is the difference between "on my phone" and "on my device"? Isn't that redundant? They mean the same thing. Unless you mean the local collection on your PC, being your device.

Yes I mean my PC; I used the word "device" because some people, IMO wrongly, does not consider a Tablet as a PC.

I hope they push this out soon. Right now I have to run windows 7 in a vm with Zune in order to update my phone.

Darrian said,
I hope they push this out soon. Right now I have to run windows 7 in a vm with Zune in order to update my phone.

Why? I updated my Lumia 800 to Tango with Zune on Windows 8...

Darrian said,
I hope they push this out soon. Right now I have to run windows 7 in a vm with Zune in order to update my phone.

Glad to read that I'm not the only one to do such a weird thing.

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