Apple late last week published the newest version of Microsoft's free Windows Phone 7 Connector software for the Mac to its Mac App Store. Version 2.01 adds a number of useful new features and fixes some bugs, according to a list provided by Microsoft.

"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD," the product description on the Mac App Store reads. "You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."

Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.01 provides a number of new features and fixes, according to Microsoft.

Features:

- Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software

- Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device

- Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)

- Improved video conversion process with user configuration options

- Support for Windows Phone Marketplace (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)

- Localization support for 13 additional languages

- Improvements to backup and restore operations

- Improved configuration for podcast sync and photo import

- Improved iTunes import support in certain languages

- Improved metadata support for videos

Fixes:

- Added additional error codes and help references for device update

- Resolved connectivity issues with certain devices

- Resolved album art display issues for certain devices

Windows Phone 7 Connector is something I wish I had on Windows, as I already use iTunes to manage music and other media. In fact, given the lack of attention the Zune client has gotten for about two years now, a Connector utility for Windows--that worked with iTunes or Windows Media Player--would be most welcome.

Download Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.01