Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

By on June 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM.

Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

While Microsoft was one of the last to launch an app store on Windows Mobile 6, the company will be the first to shut one down as well. Microsoft has alerted Windows Mobile 6 customers that the company plans to shut down the entire service, including the ability for new developers to submit new applications on July 15th. Though customers will still be able to purchase and redownload apps, we’re guessing that’s coming to a close pretty soon as well. Additionally, Microsoft’s My Phone service — the software and service that backs up data on your phone including multimedia — will be going offline as well on August 7th. The goods news is that there’s Windows Phone, and this is a logical step towards shifting consumers over to the new ecosystem.

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Microsoft My Phone helps find a lost HTC Pure

By on December 26, 2009 at 9:22 AM.

Microsoft My Phone helps find a lost HTC Pure

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It is a slow post-Christmas Saturday, a perfect day for a feel-good piece courtesy of CBS News and Microsoft. The short video segment showcases the Microsoft My Phone service which, amongst other things, allows users to locate and retrieve a lost mobile phone. Watch as host Natali DelConte tosses her AT&T HTC Pure into the back of a cab as it drives straight into the heart of New York City. Laugh Be concerned when the GPS signal fails and the phone is no longer traceable, seemingly lost forever. Smile when her phone is returned to her, not through some fancy GPS locating service, but through the kindness of others who responded to her phone’s “I’m lost, call Natali” distress message. No, it’s not the caliber of It’s a Wonderful Life but for a tech blog on a Saturday, it is about as heart-warming as you can get. Video after the break

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Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5, My Phone, Recite and a Marketplace

By on February 16, 2009 at 10:03 AM.

Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5, My Phone, Recite and a Marketplace

No surprises at Microsoft’s MWC press conference today as it announced Windows Mobile 6.5 and a handful of services we’ve already detailed fairly extensively. Kicking things off with the the big news, 6.5 features a variety of enhancements from the new lock screen that provides dynamic notification to the honeycomb start menu, a finger-friendly Today screen and a new version of Internet Explorer Mobile that offers Adobe Flash lite support. Phones running the latest version of Windows Mobile will be re-branded as “Windows phones” to reflect Microsoft’s desire to bring the full Windows experience to your handset. Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available later this year with no specific date given. Early adopters of the platform include HTC with its Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 as well as LG with its GM7300. While end-users will have to wait a while to begin playing with 6.5, LG must have been fairly impressed as it just announced a partnership with Microsoft to launch 50 Windows Mobile-powered handsets between now and the end of 2012. So much for that whole “fewer devices, more focused” thing. Hit the jump for the rest of Microsoft’s press conference round up and some Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots.

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Microsoft’s SkyBox site reveals cloud backup service details

By on February 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM.

Microsoft’s SkyBox site reveals cloud backup service details

Well it’s not MWC time yet, and the security exception we encountered on the way to the site suggests it’s not quite ready for prime time, but Microsoft’s SkyBox site has gone live in a very early state. Now branded “My Phone”, the service provides syncing a la MobileMe to ensure that important data is always backed up. Unlike MobileMe, My Phone looks to be a mobile-only service and only affords 200 MB of remote storage. While that might be enough for mobiles it probably wouldn’t last 10 seconds on a PC. This begs the question… Why? Why isn’t Microsoft offering the whole enchilada? Maybe we’ll see a complete sync service offered under a different name but Windows Mobile users hoping SkyBox would be Microsoft’s answer to complete sync / backup competitors are apparently going to be disappointed. The installation and sign up pages are dead for the time being but there’s plenty of info to be had from the Find out more page. Other negative items of note: My Phone will not back up contacts, calendar or tasks if you use Exchange (consider that a confirmation of SkyLine), data on an external card cannot be backed up, documents outside of the My Documents folder won’t be backed up and you must have Windows Mobile 6+ to use the service. On the positive side, it’s free! Hit the jump for the full text from the more info page in case Microsoft pulls the site.

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