Sync Media Playback Between 3 Screens via Zune

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You may have heard of Microsoft’s “Three Screens and the Cloud” mantra for describing software and services that works on your television, personal computer, and mobile phone; all of which have different screens and different uses. The idea is that the three screens should work better together. Well, we’ve already started seeing some of this come to fruition with Windows Phone 7. The Zune desktop software will actually remember where you stopped watching a video, or podcast and sync that time code with a Windows Phone 7 that also has that video or podcast in it’s storage memory.

In other words, you can start watching a movie or a long podcast on your desktop, stop watching it, then sync your Windows Phone 7, and pick up watching the same thing right from where you left off while you’re on the train or out and about. Then when you get home, sync the phone back up to Zune and you can continue watching the same video from the spot where you left off on the phone.

Hopefully in the future the video pause/resume timecode status can be synchronized with your Windows Live ID and Zune account so that everything will be synced up automatically.




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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!