Microsoft has released software that allows people to connect a Windows Phone 7 handset to Windows Servers in order to remotely perform certain tasks.
The plug-in — called Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector — was announced on Friday, despite being available to download in release candidate form before this date.
The connector comes as a standard add-in package (*.wssx) and once configured to work with a Windows Server — namely, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials — can be used to remotely perform tasks like viewing alerts, user management and starting or stopping backups directly from the handset.
With appropriate permissions, users can also view and edit media files stored on the servers, Microsoft said.
In order to work correctly users need to download the phone connector add-in and the Windows Phone 7 app from the Zune app store, either directly from a handset or via a PC using the Zune desktop software. Both downloads are free of charge.