Zune Integration

Of course every WP7S device is also a Zune. Microsoft expects you to use their first-party media player for music, video, and also sync. The integration is nothing new here for users who have already tried a Zune HD - it integrates with your Zune Pass, and lets you download music over cellular data or WiFi. Of course, only the Zune player is allowed to play music in the background at launch, although it isn't farfetched to see Pandora and other streaming music venues integrate their services in time through the "music + video" hub.

More importantly, however, is that WP7S will sync through Zune software - not ActiveSync. In addition, WP7S will try and sync with a desktop running the Zune software periodically over WiFi. Microsoft cites additional research data showing that users often leave their photos on the phone and neglect to sync them back to the desktop. It hopes to mitigate that by enabling sync over WiFi and automatically backing photos and media up to the desktop.

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  • pcfxer - Sunday, March 21, 2010 - link

    Android is far easier to develop for than WM and iPhone. For my engineering project my team is developing a device for non-verbal users. Reply
  • pro5 - Monday, March 22, 2010 - link

    Is android Java only? (I don't know) but if so that would reason enough for me not to develop for it. C# and objective C are 'bad enough' but java has always left me cold (I'm a C++ coder mainly).

    If it can use native C++ then great, still doesn't make up for it's other short comings. The only real advantage I see to Android is how 'open' it is, but really that's more of killer than a helper in the dev community (if money is your goal). How does the GPU compare to Winphone for example? Where is the 'standard' development target (screen size, hardware features). Stuff like iPhone and WP7 are 'easier' to develop for because you never need to 2nd guess the user's hardware config or screen size (ok 2 sizes in the case of WP7 in future)
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  • Penti - Monday, March 22, 2010 - link

    Android has the NDK so you can run native code, you don't need to run your code in dalvik. That means C and C++. Just as any other Linux based Phone OS. Such as WebOS. Of course Maemo too. Bada too of course, and of course none Linux based Symbian.

    The shit runs at the same hardware so what's your problem? Nobody is forcing you to develop for free. That you can release your apps without review is not a bad thing. Apps such as Firefox (Fennec) are ported to Maemo and being ported to Android. There's an Alpha for WinMo too. Something that can't be done on iPhone OS or Blackberry. Or WP7. If you only want to develop for a specific phone thats fine, but then you miss millions of other users. Even if you do android apps you don't need to support every single phone there is. Old phones won't be upgraded to newer versions of Android OS any way. And it's really the software platform that should have the focus any way.
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  • jms102285 - Saturday, April 03, 2010 - link

    Hey Anand, I sent you an E-mail regarding what the implications of Microsoft Communications Server just before the release of the WP7 is.... I haven't heard anything back yet in over a week from anyone I mailed about it.

    Are you guys tight-lipped about it because of NDAs or something???
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  • CSMR - Sunday, March 21, 2010 - link

    Not really (http://jkontherun.com/2009/11/23/windows-mobile-vs...">http://jkontherun.com/2009/11/23/window...droid-wi... but hopefully it will be within a year.
    I'm hoping that it will get full, reliable exchange support (e-mail+calendar+tasks+scheduling meetings+search server etc.).
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