updated 06:35 pm EDT, Mon October 25, 2010
Microsoft intro Windows Phone Connector for Mac
Microsoft as promised has launched a native tool for Mac users who need to sync Windows Phone 7 devices. Windows Phone Connector for Mac's beta pulls in unprotected music, photos and podcasts from both iTunes and iPhoto. It also uses Microsoft's newer Autoupdate feature to check for and load firmware upgrades over USB instead of having to go over-the-air.
The app should work with every current WP7 device regardless of carrier, including devices like the HTC Surround or LG Quantum. Despite the Windows Zune app's support for media players like the Zune HD, however, the app is reflective of its name and won't sync any of Microsoft's MP3 players. Using the beta needs at least Mac OS X Leopard.