We donít often review software, but it was almost unavoidable in this case Ė the Zune desktop software is an inseparable part of the Windows Phone 7 experience. Since we already have a couple of WP7 phone reviews under our belt, we decided it was time we looked into the role your computer plays in owning a Windows Phone 7 mobile.
The Zune Software started off as the computer sync software for Microsoftís Zune player Ė basically, itís what iTunes is to the iPod. Its functionality was extended as new Zune-capable devices were added, like the ill-fated KIN phones and now Windows Phone 7 devices.
Microsoft made a few decisions that practically mean you need to install Zune when you buy a WP7 phone Ė itís the only way to transfer data (photos, music, etc) between the phone and the computer.
Itís not as bad as it sounds Ė syncing over USB is fairly easy and you can enable Wi-Fi syncing too.
But the Zune Software package is more than just a way to load up a few songs Ė it offers a complete multimedia experience and may just become your preferred media player on your computer.
It does anything from playing and buying songs to giving you a social arena where you can find new songs by following the artist or friends.
What it canít do is sync your contacts and calendar Ė itís not a full PC suite, it just manages the multimedia part of the equation.
Hit the next page for our scoop of Zune desktop software.