Windows Phone 7 to have limited Mac sync capability

Microsoft promises a public beta version by the end of the year

Ever since it unveiled the new mobile OS in February, Microsoft has been cagey on whether its new Windows Phone 7 would support direct synchronization with Apple's Macintosh computers. Now a spokeswoman confirms that Microsoft will offer a Mac OS X tool that syncs "selected content" between Macs and Windows Phone 7 devices.

The first devices are expected to ship later this month in Europe and in the United States in early November. A public beta version of the Mac syncing tool is expected by year's end, the spokeswoman told InfoWorld.com. There's no word when a final version will be available, nor exactly what content can be synced between the devices.

[ Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobile Edge blog and Mobilize newsletter. | Follow the latest in Apple technology with our Technology: Apple newsletter. ]

On Windows PCs, Microsoft will rely on its Zune media manager app to sync most content, much as Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, rely on iTunes.

Microsoft is using this "we'll add it later" strategy for several technologies common on competing mobile platforms. For example, multitasking, copy and paste, and HTML5 support will all be missing from the initial version of Windows Phone 7 but are promised to be added at some point in the future. Also missing is support for Adobe Flash Player, though the only major mobile platform to support that technology today is Google's Android OS 2.2 (aka Froyo).

This article, "Windows Phone 7 to have limited Mac sync capability," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter.

Read more about mobilize in InfoWorld's Mobilize Channel.

Tags Mobile platformsMactelecommunicationwindows phone 7desktop pcshardware systemsplatformsMac OS XMobilizemobileAppleMicrosoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Galen Gruman

InfoWorld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?