have no idea for how long Microsoft is trialing it's "Microsoft Mobile Media"
service already, the FAQ talks about "Dogfood 1" and "Dogfood 2" (Microsoft's
term for internal Betas), but it looks like Microsoft is finally working on a
kind of "place-shift"
product as well - quite similar to Orb. Mobile Media is described to "allow
you to quickly and easily access your personal content - pictures, music, and
videos - on your personal computer from your mobile phone [At the moment,
Windows Mobile 5 and 6 Standard and Professional smartphones are supported]. You
can also automatically send pictures that you take with your phone to your PC.
To use Mobile Media, you'll need to download and install client applications on
both your PC and Mobile phone."
Unlike software solutions like
hardware solutions like the Slingbox, Microsoft Mobile Media isn't yet able to
stream live TV nor is it able to work with Microsoft's very own DVR-MS files (as
used for Windows Media Center) but currently, only DRM free videos, photos and
music is supported and streamed from a home PC to the smartphone.
At the moment, the registration only accepts U.S. mobile phone numbers for
registration and as I initially said, it's unclear yet if it is a public Beta or
for Microsoft employees only.
Cheers ~ Arne