Microsoft upgrades Windows Phone sync app for Mac users

Windows Phone 3.0 offers a host of new features to help OSX users sync data with their Windows Phone handsets.

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Mac owners who use a Windows Phone device now have a new and improved app for syncing their information.

Released yesterday in the Mac App store, the Windows Phone 3.0 app lets users sync movies, videos, documents, and other files between their Macs and Windows Phone handsets. The latest version now supports Windows Phone 8.

Users can drag and drop files between their Windows Phone 8 devices and the Mac desktop or the Finder file manager. They can see the state of the phone's battery charge and take advantage of better support for ringtones. The new app also supports Retina Display Macs as well as iPhoto 9.3.2 and Aperture 3.3.2.

In its former life, Windows Phone 3.0 was known as Windows Phone 7 Connector.

But with Microsoft's focus now on Windows Phone 8, a new name and new features seemed in order.

Last week, Microsoft unveiled a new app to let Windows 8 and Windows RT users sync data between their PCs or tablets and their Windows Phone devices. The company officially kicked off Windows Phone 8 with a launch event on Monday.

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