Windows Phone 8 companion app now available in Windows Store

By LiveSide | In Featured, Mobile | Posted October 29, 2012 7 comments

Windows Phone appJust hours away from the big Windows Phone 8 event, scheduled to begin at 10AM PST in San Francisco, Microsoft has released the Windows Phone 8 app on the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. The app replaces the now-defunct Zune application for browsing and syncing content between your Windows 8 / RT device and Windows Phone 8 devices. Check out a screenshot of the app in action:

My Windows Phone

According to the app description page, the Windows Phone app features the following:

  • Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
  • Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
  • Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
  • See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
  • Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.

For most users however, the app is quite useless for now as it only supports Windows Phone 8 devices (Windows Phone 7.x devices presumably will still require the Zune application for syncing media content and managing updates). However, it is noted that Windows Phone 8 OS updates will not be managed via the app, as Windows Phone 8 will support over-the-air updates.

You can download the app by visiting the Windows Store now. And stay tuned at LiveSide as our very own Kip Kniskern is getting ready in San Francisco to cover the Windows Phone 8 launch event live.

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 1:46 am
  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    How very inconvenient that I need to install the legacy Zune program to maintain my Windowsphone 7!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    How very inconvenient that I need to install the legacy Zune program to maintain my Windowsphone 7!

  • Rob Halligan

    I don’t yet understand all the Xbox Music syncing but that is looking good. At this point, the things I’m hoping for are admittedly obscure. With all the W8 with WP8 cloud syncing, I hope for personal dictionary and IE Favorites sync down to the phone. Also, solid DLNA support would be nice.

    If MS wants good press they should keep Steve Balmer off the stage and keep Joe Belfiore up there.

  • Rob Halligan

    I don’t yet understand all the Xbox Music syncing but that is looking good. At this point, the things I’m hoping for are admittedly obscure. With all the W8 with WP8 cloud syncing, I hope for personal dictionary and IE Favorites sync down to the phone. Also, solid DLNA support would be nice.

    If MS wants good press they should keep Steve Balmer off the stage and keep Joe Belfiore up there.

  • Kay

    Do. I need to install this app I have a HTC vivid?

  • Mario Albertico

    Seems very “average” user-friendly, but I fear the UI will force many limitations on former power users of the Zune desktop app.

  • Mario Albertico

    Seems very “average” user-friendly, but I fear the UI will force many limitations on former power users of the Zune desktop app.