Saturday, February 7, 2009

Microsoft My Phone: MobileMe-like sync for Windows Mobile

Looks like that's the trend: Online Cloud Storage. Remember Eee Storage? And we all know Apple's MobileMe's service, which syncs everything to the cloud. Well, now it looks like Microsoft is trying to do the same thing with Windows Mobile Phones, rather than with computers. Microsoft has launched a sneak-peek website called "My Phone", which contains quite a lot of information.
A description of the service used to be at getskybox.com, but now, visiting getskybox.com will redirect you to the My Phone page.

According to the website, My Phone will allow you to store data, including photos, videos, text messages and calendar items in a password-protected area, inaccessible to anyone but yourself (and Microsoft employees). If you ever get a new phone, or your phone gets stolen, you'll be able to sync to "My Phone" and all your data from your old phone can sync to your new phone. Sweet.
Microsoft My Phone enables you to view and manage phone information by using a web browser. In your web account, you can add, edit, and delete contacts and calendar appointments, and the changes will appear on your phone the next time that you sync.

Microsoft will offer more details about My Phone at the Mobile World Congress trade show in mid-February, said a Microsoft spokesman. The service will be available at that time as a limited, invitation-only beta, he said.

Microsoft won't be charging a cent for this service (cough, Apple), although the storage size is at a crippling 200MB only.

Josh's Verdict: Sounds Awesome, except my WM5 won't be getting this, it's WM6 only :(
Wait a second, doesn't Microsoft have Windows Live SkyDrive (thus the old name SkyBox)? And Live Mesh as well? Too much overlapping here. Seriously.

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