Microsoft is about to release Windows Phone 7 in just a few hours, but there are some additional goodies from the company related to the mobile platform already. Concrete example: version 4.7 of the Zune PC client software pack.
Zune Software 4.7 went live on the Microsoft Download Center at the end of last week, but the fact that the version dropped almost simultaneously with Windows Phone 7 is no coincidence.
By updating the Zune software to version 4.7, the Redmond company is offering Windows Phone 7 customers in markets where the new platform will be available a desktop client that will allow them to connect to the Zune marketplace as well as enjoy content from the Zune Marketplace.
“Zune PC software allows users to enjoy content from the Zune Marketplace on their PC as well as load media content to Zune-compatible devices,” the software giant revealed.
At this time, the “Zune Availability by Location” knowledge base item remains updated after being last modified on April 21, 2010.
The document goes on to reveal that Zune Software, Zune Marketplace, Zune Social, Zune Accessories are only available in the US and Canada, just like Zune media players.
Some aspects are set to change. Windows Phone 7 is intimately tied to the services built around Zune devices, and Microsoft expects Microsoft to internationalize not only Zune software, but also the Zune Marketplace to support users of smartphones running the latest version of its platform. Windows mobile form.
Of course, the Redmond-based company will announce additional details at the Windows Phone 7 launch event which is expected to kick off in a few hours.
Users who have played with Zune Software 4.7 before reveal that features like Smart DJ and Zune Pass are available in markets where Windows Phone 7 is slated for release.
Services like Zune Social and Zune.net have also been updated and adapted for new Windows Phone 7 customers.
It appears that the Zune Marketplace has also started offering a limited number of Windows Phone 7 apps, somewhat below 100, a far cry from the 2,000 Microsoft promised to be live on launch day.
Zune 4.7 software is available for download here.