heard about Microsoft's
expected Sky-services earlier already which Microsoft most likely plans to
announce in full flavor during the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
However, one part of it, SkyBox, went partly live yesterday under its final
product name as "Microsoft My Phone". Microsoft My Phone is a cloud service
which syncs critical information (e.g., contacts, calendar appointments, tasks,
text messages, photos, videos, etc) on a user's mobile phone to a password
protected Web site. Once synchronized, people can easily back-up and restore
mobile phone data. My Phone provides an easy to use Web portal where people can
access and manage content on the phone, and share that information with others.
Scott Rockfeld, Windows Mobile Director at Microsoft said about this in a
public statement: "Microsoft's My Phone Web site went live prior to its
scheduled debut. However, we are excited about the new Microsoft My Phone
service, which will be available as a limited, invite-only beta. This is a
significant milestone for Microsoft as it connects the phone to the PC and
Web, making mobility a key pillar for the company's software+services
My Phone helps people to keep their information backed up if they lose or
break their phones, transition information if they switch to new phones as well
as access the same information from their phone or PC.
While the limited, invite-only Beta isn't yet launched it's expected
Microsoft will give more information about Microsoft My Phone during this
month's Mobile World Congress. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime
you can also check-out the Beta website to get more information about
Microsoft's upcoming consumer cloud-service.
Cheers ~ Arne