It used to be not so long ago, if you have a Microsoft related product, you almost cannot expect it to work with Apple Mac. There was the Office and then there was the Messenger and that’s it. Today you have the EXCELLENT Office 2010 that works brilliantly with Mac and even the latest Messenger is a step up, offering web camera support with MSN.
Now even if you buy a Windows 7 Mobile, you can expect it to work with Mac. And works really well. Recently, I got a Samsung Omnia 7 and I thought it will be a natural disaster to try to make it work with my Apple Mac. Turns out to be a brilliant experience. And dare I say, “Microsoft Windows 7 Mobile just works….” (oh my god…).
First you download the beta version of Microsoft Win 7 Mobile Connector for Mac. Think of it as an interface between the phone and your Mac.
Microsoft Win 7 Mobile Connector for Mac
And after installing it, plug in your phone and behold, it appears on the left side of the screen.
The most incredible was the fact that all my iTunes playlist appear in the right hand side. I had even prepared a folder of the songs I wanted and expect to have a separate folder for songs in iTunes (and hence iPhone, iPod) and one folder for Windows 7 Mobile. Yet in the end, all I needed was the iTunes. It appears in the right hand side and u can just select the playlist you wanted ! BRILLIANT !!
Syncing… almost Mac-like :)
And like iTunes, you can also sync your photos in your photo albums
And your TV Shows/Movies that are already in iTunes…. it is painfully slow though. Was it due to the USB connector ? I am not sure why ? A conversion is taking place to convert the MP4 format to one that Windows 7 can play ??
Overall, I am very impressed with Microsoft for delivering this… kudos and great work.
Head over to this blog to see the Zune interface and Album Art.