Update: Microsoft has renamed the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac application to Windows Phone app for Mac. Mac users can download the program for their operating system from the Windows Phone website. It is compatible with all versions of the operating system from Mac OS X 107 onwards. Additional information about the program are available on this how-to page on the Windows Phone site.
If you're an Apple Mac or iMac user and have been looking longingly at Windows Phone 7 then, up until now you've probably been disappointed.
While it's not necessary to ever synchronise the phones with a computer, it's still the best way to transfer files and your existing music collection to the devices. So the news from Microsoft that all syncing would only be done through the Windows-only Zune desktop software would probably have come as a blow.
Fear not though as Microsoft have finally, and let's face it it's something they should have said months ago, that there will be a Mac Sync application available by the end of 2010. There will be a public beta available sometime in the next couple of months with the full product out soon after.
So applause for Microsoft for realising that, just as a great many Windows users happen to like the iPhone, there will also be Mac users who like Windows Phone 7.
For now these are all the details we have as Microsoft haven't been any more forthcoming. This means there's no word on whether the Mac software will allow you to link to your accounts on the Zune Marketplace or Xbox Live. It could just be a simple sync program for files, music, photos and to provide backups of the content on the phone. For now all we can do it wait for a new announcement, but we'll bring it to you when its made. Via : Engadget
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