Updated Windows Phone App for Desktop now available

Updated Windows Phone App for Desktop now available
Microsoft has been taking in a lot of…we will call it feedback, since the rollout of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

One of the features that had not enjoyed such a smooth transition is the step away from the fully packed Zune desktop platform and the step toward its replacement, Windows Phone App for Desktop, which serves basically as a synchronization interface and nothing else.

Where the depth of functionality of Zune was sacrificed, the Desktop App made up for in relative efficiency in helping Windows Phone users actually switch to the device. Windows Phone Desktop App is very good at scanning a user’s iTunes library and enabling syncing to a Windows Phone with little flash or flair.  However, it also removed the ability to do things that used to be possible, like play music from your library on your computer and we will not even start with the fact that Xbox video is still not supported on Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft seems to be listening and learning and while this update does not bring back the depth of functions of the old Zune app, it is an improvement. The change log touches on four major areas, bug fixes, flexibility in library selection, easier updates and expanded podcast support.

source: Windows Phone Blog



1. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

What do you guys think about closing an app on Windows Phone like you can on Windows 8? Greetzz.

2. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I'd like that a fair amount, actually. Swiping down instead of pressing the back button until it closes would be nice. Or, Symbian-like ability to close the app when in the multitasking screen (holding the back button)

3. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I'm using Windows 8 and I ever never want a weak-phone-version of software exist in my PC, that's ridiculous

4. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

what's the point of all of this, if you will never change!

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