Windows Phone 7 to sync with Macs

Microsoft is releasing an application that will allow Windows Phone 7 handsets to synchronise music and photos with Macs.

Windows Phone 7 to sync with Macs

The applet will be released in beta form on 24 October, and could put Microsoft on a collision course with Apple, which routinely blocks third-party devices from synchronising with iTunes.


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Apple embarked on a lengthy battle with Palm to prevent the Pre smartphone from sychronising with iTunes, with Apple repeatedly updating its software to block off the Pre. The row culminated in Palm reporting Apple for breach of the USB terms of use.

Microsoft – which admits it hasn’t consulted Apple – says its synchronisation tool will transfer files from iTunes and iPhoto, but it won’t be able to synchronise DRM-protected music with Windows 7 phones.

“Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers,” the company claims in a statement.

Apple was unable to comment on the move at the time of publication.

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