Microsoft unveiled its new Windows Phone Live website, a companion site that will be integrated into its upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets. Similar to Microsoft’s MyPhone service unveiled as a beta in May 2009 for Windows Mobile 6.x handsets, the new Windows Phone Live will offer 25GB of SkyDrive storage space and will let Windows Phone 7 users sync contacts, calendars, OneNote files, pictures and more between their handset and the web. The website will also host the Find My Phone service which provides users with the ability to map, ring, lock and remote wipe a missing handset. Microsoft also confirmed that Windows Phone 7 is on track for a global launch in time for the holiday season. At launch, Windows Phone 7 handsets will support five languages including English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and the Windows Phone marketplace will go live in 17 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and United States. More →
If you’re currently rockin’ a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 or higher, it’s time to get on the MyPhone wagon. Microsoft’s new OTA backup system is now in open beta and is ripe for the picking. You get 200MB of free storage, which isn’t a whole lot, but it should make do for emails, contacts and calendar events for now. It’s a nice little taste of what a Microsoft Exchange Server will do for you, but nowhere near the same scale of course. Speaking of Exchange, MyPhone will not work if your phone is currently synced with an Exchange server — but then again if you’re using Exchange, you wouldn’t really need it. The price is right and feedback so far is positive so, Windows Mobile users, get going.