Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.01 Available for Macs
Microsoft last week issued version 2.01 of Windows Phone 7 Connector.
This minor software update for Macs contains just a few fixes, plus some "new" features since the release of version 2.0 in late October. The connector is mostly designed to help synchronize files between Apple Macs and Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD devices. For instance, it can synchronize multimedia files from an iTunes library to devices. It works similarly with an iPhoto library, and can automatically import photos and videos taken by a Windows Phone device.
Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.01 runs on Mac OS 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher operating system versions. A description is available here at the Mac App Store.
In terms of the fixes, Microsoft added some help references to the product. It also "resolved connectivity issues with certain devices," but Microsoft didn't specify which ones. A Microsoft Answers page lists complaints from people using Samsung Focus and HTC Trophy hardware. Finally, Microsoft added a fix to resolve an album art display problem that affected some devices.
Many of the new features in version 2.01 seem to be rehashes of the previous release. For instance, the Apple Aperture software support improvement and the ringtone transfer support for devices running Windows Phone 7.5 (code-named "Mango") were features found in version 2.0. Mango users get Windows Phone Marketplace support and the connector software now is available in "13 additional languages."
The connector support for Zune HD devices is a little on the late side since Microsoft announced it would end hardware production of those devices back in October. However, the Zune music archiving software lives on, and continues to be available for Windows Phone devices. Zune software is actually a prerequisite to have on Windows Phone devices before downloading the Mango update, which was released in late September.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.