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COMPATIBILITY: Create Windows Live ID from Windows Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.10.07 - 17:00:48 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 20000x
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Early last year, I wrote that Microsoft's Windows Live ID (which was called Microsoft Passport last year) dislike Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and you wasn't able to create a Windows Live ID from your Windows Mobile device (see this screenshot).
Okay, it took a little bit longer for Microsoft to found my posting but finally you can also create Windows Live IDs from your Windows Mobile smartphone and PDA.
As Phil Holden, Director of online services at Microsoft posted in his blog, Windows Live ID is Windows Mobile compatible now:

As we look at our customers today its clear that almost all of the folks that use our services on the mobile phone first started to use them on a PC, be that messenger, hotmail, spaces etc. As they started to rely on the services they started to use them on the mobile phone. They can sign-in using the same account, with the same contact store and it just worked on the mobile phone like it should. For countries where the PC is the primary computing device that's great, however for folks that don't have access to a PC everyday, often going days without a visit to an Internet Cafe they were out of luck. Not much point in creating an email account when you could only get to it once every week, stick with sms as your primary way to chat with your friends.

Now with help from the Live ID team we are hopefully going to resolve that now that we have the ability to sign-up for a new Live ID completely from the mobile phone.

Way to go - another important step to make Windows Mobile a regular Windows family-member!

Cheers ~ Arne

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