With Windows Phone 8 being under 24 hours away from being officially announced, Microsoft has released the long promised Companion app, which would allow the new devices to sync with any Windows 8 device (PC or RT Tablet). The app is supposed to allow syncing of music, photos other media seamlessly from the Windows 8 device onto the phone, much the same way it worked on the Zune desktop client.
Microsoft had long discontinued their Zune Music Player, but the desktop software for the same became the iTunes counterpart for syncing to Windows Phone 7 devices. However, for the newer Windows Phones 8 coming out, the desktop software has been made redundant.
The Companion app should be able to do everything the Zune Desktop does, but without being a separate software as such. Unfortunately, just like the existing Windows Phone 7 devices won’t be upgraded to the Windows Phone 8 OS, the Companion app too is only compatible with the new phones and won’t work with Windows Phone 7 (or 7.5 or 7.8).
Microsoft has been garnering a lot of attention lately, with their new OS Windows 8 and Surface RT being officially launched. The next wave of products from the Redmond Company is the Windows Phone 8, which would complete the Windows 8 family of products.
Phone makers like Nokia, HTC and Samsung have already announced their Windows Phone 8. While HTC and Samsung’s stake in the Windows Phone 8 devices isn’t that crucial, Nokia’s future entirely banks of the success of the new phones are an instant hit with the people.
You can get the Companion app here.