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UNCONFIRMED: Microsoft expected to announce Sky-Service during Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 19.01.09 - 22:36:15 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9936x
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Neowin.net got some, yet to be confirmed, information what Microsoft might announce during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. According to these information, Microsoft plans to announce a Windows Azure-based line of cloud services for its Windows Mobile smartphones. Azure, which was introduced back in October at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), is said to be the platform for Microsoft's Sky-services and, according to sources close to Microsoft, the company has been working on three product-lines codenamed SkyBox, SkyLine and SkyMarket. However, according to Neowin, the final offerings are likely to be named under the Windows Live branding. Nevertheless, the three Sky-services are expected to include one consumer offer, one business offer and one market place:

  • SkyBox -  is expected to be a service for consumers to sync a phones information with the web (similar to DashWire). Microsoft will be offering automatic backup and restore services, access and management of phone data and provide easy communication and sharing with others. The service will also allow syncing of contacts, E-Mail/SMS, calendar items and pictures into the cloud, similar to Apple's MobileMe. The difference from Apple's offering is Microsoft could be set to also offer this out to non Windows Mobile devices.
  • SkyLine - will be aimed at small businesses. Offering similar functionality to SkyBox, SkyLine customers will be able to setup their phones with Microsoft's Exchange hosting with their own domain names.
  • SkyMarket - was originally discovered in September 2008 when Microsoft advertised several external job positions. SkyMarket is the codename for Microsoft's mobile marketplace, a competitor to Apple's AppStore and Googles Android Market. This service will only be available on Windows Mobile devices and will showcase the 1000s of Windows Mobile applications available today.

All the information above are yet completely unconfirmed but the details of information Neowin received seems to make them legit. Anyway, we will see next month during the Mobile World Congress from where the::unwired will report live.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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