Microsoft has released the next version of the Zune software to pave the way for the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango. Zune software is a key companion for a Windows Phone device allowing you to update your phone software, sync photos and videos, shop for apps, and more.
You can download the v4.8 of Zune software here or update the current installed version on your computer. To update your current version, click Settings > Software > General, and then click Check For Updates. The latest release does not introduce any visual changes but there are a few apparent additions.
- 48-hour movie rentals
- Parental Controls now support M-rated (Mature) content
- Option to hide purchase confirmation dialog for faster app checkout
- See what apps are compatible with the Windows Phone you own
Apart from the the under-the-hood refinements and fixes, the update sets up things for the Mango update. It streamlines the process to update your Windows Phone software. Zune 4.8 introduces progressive updates and the ability to skip phone backup. Since, Mango will expand the number of locations and languages where Windows Phone is available around the world, Zune 4.8 improves on the same.
Zune 4.8 now supports 22 display languages and is available in these countries or regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.
As I wrote in my post on I Love Windows Phone, this update and Microsoft’s other announcement allowing developers to submit Mango apps to AppHub indicates that time is ripe for Mango. Although no specific dates have been shared by Microsoft as yet, Mango update for Windows Phone looks likely to come in September.