Windows 7 DEVICE STAGE: Opening the Windows to Your Cell Phone
If it's a pain in the butt to connect your smart cell phone to your PC and get it to sync, open as a storage device, connect as a speakerphone, do your laundry, etc., Windows 7 should help.
Scheduled for release on October 22, 2009, Windows 7, the much awaited REPLACEMENT for Vista (which just never got the love M$ had hoped) has some interesting new features. One is called DEVICE STAGE. You can see a brief video about it here. In essence, when you connect your phone by USB (or probably by Bluetooth but I don't know that for a fact), the phone is recognized by Windows which shows a picture of your specific phone in a small window. If you click on that window you get a list of all tricks the phone can do with Windows 7. Windows 7 also does this with printers, flash drives, digital cameras, etc.
As soon as I get a chance to actually play with Windows 7 I'll let you know if it does Device Stage as described. In the meantime, if upgrading to Windows 7, be sure you have enough RAM and horsepower and be sure to read about XP Mode and the machine requirements.If you have XP or Vista you can download and run this convenient Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool that not only vets your hardware but also your drivers and software and tells which of these latter 2 may not work on Windows 7.