Windows Phone companion app shows up in Windows Store

Windows Phone 8 is due to be unveiled in San Francisco tomorrow, but the companion application has been discovered in the Windows Store ahead of the official unveiling of the new platform.

The application, which is simply named "Windows Phone" in the store is showing up in search results on the Windows Store, and appears to be the long rumored Windows Phone companion application for Windows 8/RT.

The application is extremely different from the client formerly known as Zune and appears very basic in nature. We managed to install the client and take it for a spin, but alas we don't have a Windows Phone 8 device to plug in and get the software going. 

We did notice that the application doesn't seem to be finished - there is a tutorial link in the settings charm but it redirects to an internal dogfood.windowsphone.com URL that obviously isn't accessible. The release of this application likely is an accident, in this case, and could indicate that it isn't finished. However, it's worth noting that the Windows Phone devices we had lying around would not connect to this new app.

Tomorrow we'll know what the application can do, but in the meantime, enjoy staring at the "connect your Windows Phone" splash screen.

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Cool thing is that it seems integrated with Share charm. I can select pictures in the PIctures app, select Windows Phone trough Share and it will sync those pictures. Still hope there will be a way to sync and upgrade WP7 devices without having to install the Zune client especially to do this.

I can't help it, everytime I hear the word "dogfooding" I have to imagine a big bowl of stinking dog food in front of me, and having to eat it. Disgusting.

dodgetigger said,
I can't help it, everytime I hear the word "dogfooding" I have to imagine a big bowl of stinking dog food in front of me, and having to eat it. Disgusting.

Some dog food is better than human food since high end dog food is human grade food.

The dogfooding link is funny... If anyone doesn't know, dogfooding is what Microsoft calls their internal beta testing... "you gotta eat your own before you let everyone else try it"

jasonon said,
The dogfooding link is funny... If anyone doesn't know, dogfooding is what Microsoft calls their internal beta testing... "you gotta eat your own before you let everyone else try it"

I think Microsoft coined the term, or made it popular, but it used at most technology companies for hardware and software. It is also more about 'internal use' rather than just 'bet testing', as companies often will start long before beta.

Unless something is done, we will have a Windows 8 app which only works on X86 and WP8 devices, no Win7.

And a Win7 app which only works with WP7 devices, no support for WP8.

I think the Win8/WinRT app will work with 7.8 and 8 devices, and the Zune Software will be rebranded and updated to work with WP8 devices.

mdtaUK said,
Unless something is done, we will have a Windows 8 app which only works on X86 and WP8 devices, no Win7.

And a Win7 app which only works with WP7 devices, no support for WP8.

I think the Win8/WinRT app will work with 7.8 and 8 devices, and the Zune Software will be rebranded and updated to work with WP8 devices.

They have to have something for WP8 users on Win7. I wouldn't worry about that.

Shame that it looks like I might have to keep Zune on my computer though just to have for my phone. (7.5 user with a contract that isn't up until next November.)

Steelyuhas said,

They have to have something for WP8 users on Win7. I wouldn't worry about that.

Shame that it looks like I might have to keep Zune on my computer though just to have for my phone. (7.5 user with a contract that isn't up until next November.)

It could be worse, it is a stable and lightweight App that has one of the first Metro UIs.

Also be thankful it isn't iTunes.

thenetavenger said,

It could be worse, it is a stable and lightweight App that has one of the first Metro UIs.

Also be thankful it isn't iTunes.

Very true.

trip21 said,
soooo I'm guessing the Windows 7 installer is "coming soon"? with the phone released in about 12 hours

I don't think there is going to be a WP8 companion app for Windows 7.

trip21 said,
If they're killing off the Zune brand that's a really stupid mistake!

(as much as I like the Zune software)

What's it a mistake? No one's heard of it, having Windows in the name helps inform its from MS.

trip21 said,
If they're killing off the Zune brand that's a really stupid mistake!

(as much as I like the Zune software)

Would it help if they update the software to Xbox Live? (It is just semantics at this point, really.)

trip21 said,
If they're killing off the Zune brand that's a really stupid mistake!

(as much as I like the Zune software)

The Zune Desktop Software is not being killed just yet (nor is it being updated) for those that run Windows 7. You will continue to be able to use the Zune Desktop but I guess they will update or kill it at some point.

I just used my WP7.5 and as the post said, it does NOT work - I mean, nothing happens at all. I remain hopeful that "we" will be supported once we're updated to 7.8? It would suck to be stuck with Zune software while everybody else moves to the metro apps.

Edited by Xabier Granja, Oct 29 2012, 4:13am :

Xabier Granja said,
I just used my WP7.5 and as the post said, it does NOT work - I mean, nothing happens at all. I remain hopeful that "we" will be supported once we're updated to 7.8? It would suck to be stuck with Zune software while everybody else moves to the metro apps.

Apparently it's going to be Windows Phone 8 only. which is stupid. beyond stupid.

marcus_registradus said,

Apparently it's going to be Windows Phone 8 only. which is stupid. beyond stupid.


Its not stupid at all. Windows ohone 7.x is based on the old Windows CE core. Windows phone 8 is rewritten from the ground up on a platform extremely similar to windows 8. The whole point being that developers for windows 8 and windows phone 8 can share apps between the two platforms with only minor code changes and of course different resolutions. It therefore stands to reason why the app only supports WP8, if indeed that turns out to be the case (which btw isn't confirmed and is just a rumour at this point).

TCLN Ryster said,

Its not stupid at all. Windows ohone 7.x is based on the old Windows CE core. Windows phone 8 is rewritten from the ground up on a platform extremely similar to windows 8. The whole point being that developers for windows 8 and windows phone 8 can share apps between the two platforms with only minor code changes and of course different resolutions. It therefore stands to reason why the app only supports WP8, if indeed that turns out to be the case (which btw isn't confirmed and is just a rumour at this point).


The WinCE core would have NOTHING to do with the PC side host software or connectivity.

The availability of a Windows 8 App to interface with content on the device would have nothing to do with code portability. There is no correlation to host software and what software runs on the device itself.

If Microsoft is choosing not to support Windows 7.5 or 7.8 in the new Windows 8 App, they are doing it for artificial, not technical reasons. (Artificial would be marketing, extra development time, etc.)

If the Zune software can provide all the functionality needed for WP7.5 and WP7.8, the extra development time would probably be the reason behind the decision.

I got it but it's not seeing my Nokia Lumia 710. I'm not sure if you need WP7.8. Still having to use Zune software until then.

ACTIONpack said,
I got it but it's not seeing my Nokia Lumia 710. I'm not sure if you need WP7.8. Still having to use Zune software until then.

I imagine the 7.8 update will allow it to connect to the Windows 8 app. But it is conceivable that the Zune software will be updated for 7.8 and will remain for non Windows Phone 8 devices

primexx said,
does it also handle updating the phone too?

Isn't windows phone 8 supposed to have over the air updates? In 2012 you shouldn't need to tether your device to a PC to update it.

Probably no-one has this app yet, but does it pick up on the theme used on the phone. It looks like it may. - Also can you play music from the phone in the app?

mdtaUK said,
Probably no-one has this app yet, but does it pick up on the theme used on the phone. It looks like it may. - Also can you play music from the phone in the app?

Hard to say: I installed it but it does not do anything; I tried using both my HD7 and Lumia 900 but no luck.

Vasya_Vodochkin said,
Can anyone confirm 7.8 support? Don't want to use Zune after update become available.

It would make sense for it to support Windows Phone 7.8, I think. Maybe we'll find out at the event today