Windows Phone 8 Desktop Companion App Leaks

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What role will your home computer serve when it comes to Windows Phone 8? We know that the platform is getting OTA software updates, meaning that unless you’re one of those “enthusiast” users pulling down early releases of updates, you’ll have less reason than ever to keep connecting your phone to your PC. We’ve also seen Microsoft take steps to back away from the whole Zune branding, leaving us wondering just how your WP8 smartphone will interact with a new Windows 8 computer. Well, a new leak may be able to give us some insight, supposedly showing Microsoft’s WP8 “companion app” for Windows 8.

The desktop app will apparently give you convenient access to your phone’s media and documents, as well as managing transfers of that data between your phone and PC for backups. Windows 8 users should see it install automatically once a Windows Phone handset is connected over USB, while Windows 7 users will have to download their own version themselves.

Though we don’t get to see much here, it’s clear Microsoft is sticking with a Metro – or make that Modern – look for file management. The graphics-heavy approach might not resonate with power users, but it’s very consistent with the style Microsoft’s been courting for its latest platform. What do you think; are you looking forward to accessing your phone through an app like this?

Source: The Verge

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