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Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 8 Syncing App

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Works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

In order to make its new products easier to use, Microsoft has released a Windows Phone 8 syncing app for consumers who own multiple Windows 8-powered devices.

The Windows Phone 8 application works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT, allowing users to utilize the app on devices such as Microsoft's Surface tablet.

Users will be able to transfer digital media such as music and images between devices straightforwardly. The app will automatically save both photos and videos from a smartphone to a PC when syncing; you won't need to open the app to manage transfers.

The app also delivers detailed breakdowns pertaining to exactly how much space each type of content is consuming on a device.

Windows 7 phone users, unfortunately, won't receive the application as it's not compatible with the older operating system.

 

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    dash68 , October 31, 2012 4:44 PM
    Maybe MS can get it right. Many people have stayed away from Apple because of iTunes. Really sounds like this "Syncing App" is going to get in the way of the total control many PC users seem to desire.
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    jacobdrj , October 31, 2012 4:50 PM
    Big mistake. Shouldn't have been an app. Should have been an integrated part of the system. Maybe they are doing it this way to comply with the EU or some other nonsense like that, but it is a poor design decision...
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 6:23 PM
    acadia11Where have I seen this before?PS if windows could come out with a phone as gorgeous as the iPhone I'd buy in a second. Jobs secret sauce taste and style matter and the guy had it in spades.


    A phone limited to two colours, and one look for everyone?

    No thanks
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    jaquith , October 31, 2012 8:16 PM
    You'd think that this would have been included in RT's release, I mean come on even the iPhone was supported out of the box. How embarrassing.
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    acadia11 , October 31, 2012 8:52 PM
    silver565A phone limited to two colours, and one look for everyone?No thanks



    See that's why you don't have style or taste,it's not about the number of colors it's the make up, the shape of iPhone 4, is perfectly symmetrical , which is what we humans interpret as beauty, finally the glass front and back was one of the best choices I've seen, it makes it look high end notice apple kept this shape essentially for the 5, id have kept the glass back too. But even the small glossy bevel of iPhone 5, is the attention to detail that some who has style and taste notices, not the fact that you can come out with 20 toy colors. The heft of the 4 was perfect made it feel solid, the 5 is in fact too light, making it feel cheaper a toy. Is a rolls Royce tasteful because it can come in virtually any color, no it's because of the refinement and detail from the leather stitching to the quality of wood. So as stated if MS can learn all geeks don't lack refinement I'd buy windows 8 phone. I personally think ms needs to hire a fashion house or car manufacturer ala Audi (who right now I think has the most beautiful designs on the road) to put it together or show them how beauty is done, it's actually a science to it. MS does this and they'll gain some fame for windows 8, right now the Lucia's are hideous, with their assymetry all over, from the fat middle to thin edges, the screen locks just shoved in the middle, and the colors make look like a toy. People have it confused beauty is not really that subjective it's science based on lines and symmetry, it's attractiveness that is in the eye of the beholder, beauty we pretty much agree on as humans.
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    acadia11 , October 31, 2012 8:53 PM
    Lumias
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 9:21 PM
    acadia11See that's why you don't have style or taste,it's not about the number of colors it's the make up, the shape of iPhone 4, is perfectly symmetrical , which is what we humans interpret as beauty, finally the glass front and back was one of the best choices I've seen, it makes it look high end notice apple kept this shape essentially for the 5, id have kept the glass back too. But even the small glossy bevel of iPhone 5, is the attention to detail that some who has style and taste notices, not the fact that you can come out with 20 toy colors. The heft of the 4 was perfect made it feel solid, the 5 is in fact too light, making it feel cheaper a toy. Is a rolls Royce tasteful because it can come in virtually any color, no it's because of the refinement and detail from the leather stitching to the quality of wood. So as stated if MS can learn all geeks don't lack refinement I'd buy windows 8 phone. I personally think ms needs to hire a fashion house or car manufacturer ala Audi (who right now I think has the most beautiful designs on the road) to put it together or show them how beauty is done, it's actually a science to it. MS does this and they'll gain some fame for windows 8, right now the Lucia's are hideous, with their assymetry all over, from the fat middle to thin edges, the screen locks just shoved in the middle, and the colors make look like a toy. People have it confused beauty is not really that subjective it's science based on lines and symmetry, it's attractiveness that is in the eye of the beholder, beauty we pretty much agree on as humans.


    I don't have style or taste because I don't see the iPhone5 as the best phone?

    THAT is your argument?

    We give them out at work, they're nice, but scratch easily, have worse battery than the 4s and seem to be an odd shape. It's not my cup of tea.

    I'll take a Lumia 920 thanks
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    acadia11 , October 31, 2012 9:57 PM
    silver565I don't have style or taste because I don't see the iPhone5 as the best phone?THAT is your argument?We give them out at work, they're nice, but scratch easily, have worse battery than the 4s and seem to be an odd shape. It's not my cup of tea.I'll take a Lumia 920 thanks


    Read my comment I'm not talking about function, I'm talking purely looks, finally again I said the 4 use of glass front and back was best, theb5 going to anodized aluminum on back was bad choice. I said the 4 was the best designed not 5, the only real difference beteen 5 and 4 is the change of back which does scratch more, the form otherwise is same, shape etc... Which was smart on apples part.

    In conclusion I never said the 5 was the best phone, the basic design of 4 was, furthermore battery life, specs aside fom buzz words like lte mean nothing to the average buyer. So what is the key differentiator ... Looks, my 63 year old mom pre-ordered iPhone 5, she also ordered iPad mini, does she have a clue about it , no but it's buzz and looks mean something to her. Get out of your little geek world and realize geekdom is a small subset of society. As that said apple clearly has understood simplicity and beauty sell, you get a 63 year old women buying your product day 1, you are winning.

    When my mother grabs that lumia ill listen to your argument
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    nameon , November 1, 2012 12:19 AM
    acadia11Read my comment I'm not talking about function, I'm talking purely looks, finally again I said the 4 use of glass front and back was best, theb5 going to anodized aluminum on back was bad choice. I said the 4 was the best designed not 5, the only real difference beteen 5 and 4 is the change of back which does scratch more, the form otherwise is same, shape etc... Which was smart on apples part. In conclusion I never said the 5 was the best phone, the basic design of 4 was, furthermore battery life, specs aside fom buzz words like lte mean nothing to the average buyer. So what is the key differentiator ... Looks, my 63 year old mom pre-ordered iPhone 5, she also ordered iPad mini, does she have a clue about it , no but it's buzz and looks mean something to her. Get out of your little geek world and realize geekdom is a small subset of society. As that said apple clearly has understood simplicity and beauty sell, you get a 63 year old women buying your product day 1, you are winning.When my mother grabs that lumia ill listen to your argument


    Your argument is as interesting as traveling to Switzerland.... To buy a pair of socks.

    You seriously brought your mother into that argument?!!
    You sir just sealed your own coffin on this debate.
    Old people know nothing and we can easily put them in the dumb crowd which is in my book 75% in any given population, in any given subject (no offense)
    So we could care less that your mom has money to squander on useless unnecessary products. The only reason people buy these is because THERE IS NO CHOICE, meaning they cant be bothered to start picking and choosing one item out of a selection of products, if there were 5 different models of the iPhone that came with different features even if they had the same look, i guarantee you apple would not be enjoying as much success.

    ...And there is nothing tasteful about a Rolls Royce, its just unnecessarily big and stupid.
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    nameon , November 1, 2012 12:28 AM
    And i love the fact that my two brothers, who have always been apple buyers,:-

    1 In April Asked me if i could give them my Omnia7 in exchange for their iCrap 4S's, Big NO.

    2 This year they have both skipped on iPad 3 and The iCrap 5 (4.2).
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    alextheblue , November 1, 2012 12:49 AM
    silver565I don't have style or taste because I don't see the iPhone5 as the best phone?THAT is your argument?We give them out at work, they're nice, but scratch easily, have worse battery than the 4s and seem to be an odd shape. It's not my cup of tea.I'll take a Lumia 920 thanks
    He's an iTroll. If Apple had released a iPhone that was physically identical in design to the 920, he'd be fondling it even as we speak.
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    eric dane , November 1, 2012 12:51 AM
    like Kevin explained I'm shocked that a mom can profit $4050 in 1 month on the computer. did you read this page http://bit.ly/PVxfCF
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    velocityg4 , November 1, 2012 2:32 AM
    Syncing directly to a computer just sounds so old fashioned now. I connect my phone to my computer maybe once every three or four months. I just use Google to keep my calendar, contacts and e-mail accounts in sync with Thunderbird. I'd use the same sort of thing for photos if I really ever took any but my phone is used for business.

    The only way I could see wanting to directly sync is if I kept sensitive data on my phone that I could not risk having stored online.
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    zak_mckraken , November 1, 2012 6:57 PM
    acadia11Get out of your little geek world and realize geekdom is a small subset of society

    Get out of your little superficial world and realize your skin-deep argument makes you pretty shallow.

    Don't get me wrong, looks DOES matter when buying electronics, but never over functionnality, and it's a matter of preference, not what you call having taste.
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