When Windows 8 comes out, it’s going to be the desktop cornerstone of a larger integrated Microsoft ecosystem. With your Windows phone, your Windows tablet and your Windows computer, you’ll have access to all sorts of your stuff in all kinds of places. In order to bridge the gap between phone and desktop, this is the Windows 8/Windows Mobile companion app.
The application, a Metro style one that will be available from the Windows Store, is designed to replace the Zune client for Windows 8 users. We understand that the app will be automatically installed for Windows Phone 8 users on a Windows 8 PC when a device is connected. Windows 7 users will be directed to an equivalent desktop app to manage devices. The application, which will likely be branded as a “companion app,” will provide quick access to photos, documents, music, and video on Windows Phone devices — allowing users to import or export data to handsets. We understand the application will be made available in the Windows Store in time for the Windows Phone 8 launch — expected in late October.