One of the biggest complaints of Microsoft’s launch of Windows Phone 7 was its lack of integration with desktop computers. Surely Zune Software was enhanced to embrace it, but it didn’t allow you to sync your device fully like you could with Windows Mobile and Activesync. The whole idea of sending everything to the cloud still makes a lot of sense to us, but it looses charm when one device is next to another.
Microsoft’s latest Job Opening seems to hint to a software engineer that enhances the connection between a Desktop computer and their Windows Phone platform. It reads:
We are looking for SDE candidates to help build these critical connection experiences on current and future generations of Windows; moving large amounts of data between phones and computers, connecting desktop applications with the mobile experience and enabling scenarios that are critical to our broad user base. We have a tremendous opportunity to differentiate Windows Phone devices from the rest of the industry, and some really unique solutions.
It is kind of funny to have a Windows Phone that doesn’t connect to desktop Windows in ways even an iPhone can through iTunes. Hopefully these changes will enhance more differentiation between platforms. Hopefully this happens during the Windows Phone Mango cycle and not later.