MOBILE SOFTWARE STRIVER Microsoft might let Mac users sync with Windows Phone 7 devices using a version of the Zune software that runs on Apple's Mac OS X operating system.
The news came from a tweet sent by Microsoft UK's head of Windows Phone 7 marketing, Oded Ran. This tweet has since been removed from Twitter so he might have said something out of turn.
According to Neowin, the Zune software on PCs will be the only way to sync media, photos, music, and videos from a user's PC to their phone unless that same content is also stored in the cloud.
Ran's tweet indicates that somehow Mac users will be able to sync their media to the phones.
Word on the street is that Microsoft will use something it tried with Kin, which was a small application that allows for syncing with Windows Phone 7 from a Mac. But the tweet implied that there will be more than just a small client available to sync Macs with WP7 devices.
Mac users have, strangely enough, been hitting the Vole up for a Zune client for Mac OS X. Although it is not exactly orthodox Apple fanboi faith, it is widely seen as a reasonable bit of software and some prefer it to the clunkly Itunes.
Zune has not been gaining huge market share in the US, so it might makes sense to open the thing up a bit and try to draw more users.
Windows Phone 7 requires the Zune application to sync with PCs. The new version of the Zune PC application is now supported in all countries where Microsoft will be selling Windows Phone 7.
And on a not totally unrelated note, after the Vole updates the Xbox 360's dashboard in the next few weeks, it will be possible for people to stream music through their TV's. µ
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