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Windows Phone 8 receives free syncing app ahead of launch

Microsoft has released a free-to-download app (opens in new tab) that affords Windows Phone 8 handsets the ability to sync with the Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems. This comes ahead of the mobile operating system launch scheduled for later on today (opens in new tab).

"Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 work together seamlessly with the Windows Phone app so you always have your photos, videos, and music, and more where you want them," according to the app description.

The app automatically saves photos and videos taken on your phone to your PC, and allows users to quickly and easily share media on a Windows Phone 8 device with Windows 8 apps without having to launch the app. It also features a function that will let users track how much space each sort of media is taking up on their phone.

The app is currently available in the Windows Store (opens in new tab) and, unsurprisingly, will not be compatible with Windows Phone 7 handsets

The launch is being held in San Francisco and is expected to feature next-gen offerings from Nokia - Lumia 820 and 920 (opens in new tab) - and HTC - 8X and 8S (opens in new tab) - with Samsung also primed for the release of the Ativ S smartphone (opens in new tab).

Stay tuned to ITProPortal for up-to-the minute Windows Phone 8 news as it breaks.