Windows Phone 8 App for Windows 8 Available in Windows Store; Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant; Japanese Limited Edition Windows 8 Pro Pack; WinHlp32.exe for Windows 8

Windows Phone 8 event is just hours away, and Microsoft has released the new "Windows Phone app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices."The app replaces the now-defunct Zune application for browsing and syncing content between your Windows 8 / RT device and Windows Phone 8 devices."Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 work together […]

Windows Phone 8 event is just hours away, and Microsoft has released the new "Windows Phone app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices."

The app replaces the now-defunct Zune application for browsing and syncing content between your Windows 8 / RT device and Windows Phone 8 devices.

"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," reads the app description.

Windows Phone App for Windows 8 and Windows RT

Feature include:

  • "Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
  • Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search).
  • You don't even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
  • Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
  • See at a glance how much space you're using for each type of content, so it's easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
  • Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it's lost," informs Microsoft.

    Note, the app won't support updating Windows Phone 8 OS, as Windows Phone 8 will now support over-the-air (OTA) updates.

Get the app from Windows Store.

In other Microsoft news, Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8 now available. "The program has been included with Microsoft Windows versions starting with the Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system. However, the Windows Help program has not had a major update for many releases and no longer meets Microsoft's standards. Therefore, starting with the release of Windows Vista and continuing in Windows 8, the Windows Help program will not ship as a feature of Windows. If you want to view 32-bit .hlp files, you must download and install the program (WinHlp32.exe) from the Microsoft Download Center."

For additional information about this download, including known issues and development recommendations, please refer to the Knowledge Base article, "Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) is no longer included with Windows".

Of course don't forget that you can also hit the Windows Key and F1 to launch the Windows Help and Support directly from within Windows 8, and also checkout the Support section of website.

Download the Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8 here.

Microsoft also made available Japanese limited versions of Windows 8 Pro Pack that come with a Wedge touch mouse and in 3 characters themes.

You can learn more about the Windows 8 Pro Pack here.

And, for more infomatuon on the characters, check it out here.

Japanese limited version of Windows 8 Pro Pack

Finally, if your planning to buy Windows 8, Microsoft however to help consumers released a tool dubbed Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, that allows them to check whether their system is ready for Windows 8.

One run, the tool will run for a few minutes, and should then display the number of apps and hardware devices compatible with Windows 8, while also providing dedicated features to help you determine the best Windows 8 flavor for you.

Those interested can get the Windows 8 Uprgade Assistant here.

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Update 10/31: Here is a handy table of Windows 8 upgrade paths that showsthe settings, personal files, and applications that you can keep during an upgrade to Windows 8:

Installation paths to Windows 8Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applicationsKeep Windows settings and personal files (data and system settings)Keep personal files only (data only)Keep nothing

Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista®

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista with SP1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows Vista with SP1 or later

No

No

No

No

Cross-language Windows Vista with SP1 or later

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows 7

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 7

No

No

No

No

Cross-language Windows 7

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows 8

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 8

No

No

No

No

Cross-language Windows 8

No

No

Yes

Yes

Get the full details on Windows 8 Upgrade Paths - Technet