An XDA developer imfloflo has published an alternative to Zune for syncing your Windows Phone 7 with your PC, called Windows Phone Device Manager for Windows Phone 7. It lets you interact your with your phone settings using a nice interface.
It lets you:
- see detailed device info
- send clipboard content
- auto update for future TouchXperience versions
- send notes
- check for app updates
- explore files and folders on the phone
- setup syncing of files and folders
- set up ringtones
- organize media content ( music, pictures and videos )
and it comes with multilanguage support.
To use it you need:
- Registred or unlocked Windows Phone 7 device
- Windows Vista or Windows 7 32/64-bit
- .NET Framework 4.0
- Windows Phone Developer Tools
This app does a lot more than what the official Zune app from Microsoft can do for Windows Phone. The Zune app lets you sync and back up data from Windows Phone, such as photos, music, videos, contacts and much more. Despite all these features, it does not allow you to share clipboard content, force app update checks, send notes or show you as detailed device information as the unofficial 3rd party Windows Phone device manager app.
However, the Windows Phone device manager app is not for everyone as it required users to have a device either registered with Microsoft for development or an unlocked WP7 phone using something like Chevron. Along with this, .NET framework 4.0 and the latest installation of Windows Phone developer tools is required. This type of setup is specific to developers so for a layman user, it is best to stay away from this app.
For technical users, it is a must have app so make sure to download it and give it a try. For any support, leave a comment on the XDA developers forums to seek help directly from the developer.