Shocking! Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) Beta Works Really Well

Windows CE, and the various mobile shells that have sat on top of it ranging from the Handheld PC to Windows Mobile, has been around since late 1996. The various desktop computer synchronization services for it started out working well (Windows CE Services). However, later generation of ActiveSync and Window Mobile Desktop Connection (WMDC) were, to put it lightly, horrible. In all the years since 1996, none of these sync solutions (good or bad) supported the Mac. This changed this year with the relase of Windows Phone 7 and a beta Mac sync solution from Microsoft.

Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) – Beta

Having suffered through years of ActiveSync, WMDC, and, to some extent, Zune Sync issues, I installed this Mac solution with considerable anxiety. However, to my great surprise, this beta release worked fine from the moment I started it up. Photo and video files from my HTC HD7 flowed into iPhoto on the Mac. I didn’t sync any media from iTunes. But, that too is supported. However, the Zune Pass subscription service is not available to Mac OS X users. You need to the Zune Desktop for that.

FYI: Yes, I installed the latest version of the Zune Desktop on a PC running Windows 7. And, it too seems to sync with the HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7 without issues.