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We told you how it appeared that the new Skybox service, dubbed My Phone by Microsoft, inadvertently appeared today and then disappeared.  We have received this official statement about My Phone from Microsoft directly: Today, Microsoft’s My Phone Web site went live prior to its scheduled […]

We told you how it appeared that the new Skybox service, dubbed My Phone by Microsoft, inadvertently appeared today and then disappeared.  We have received this official statement about My Phone from Microsoft directly:

Today, 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 strategy.

This new Microsoft cloud service syncs critical information (e.g., contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, text messages, photos, video, 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.

My Phone helps people:

  • Keep their information backed up if they lose or break their phones.
  • Transition information if they switch to new phones.
  • Access the same information from their phone or PC.
    • Additional information about the service can be found here:  www.windowsmobile.com/myphone

    We will have more details about My Phone and the limited invite only beta at Mobile World Congress.

    So there you have it, the official word.  My Phone will be in a private beta in just a few weeks and since we’ll be participating we’ll keep you informed.  You can stand down now.

    1. Is this going to create another undeletable folder in my OS installation like My Videos and My Photos?

      MS always come up with the most unimaginative names.

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    2. This is great news, and would do away with Outlook / ActiveSync for good. I’m too cheap to use Exchange, and currently use the free Windows Live for push email from my Google, Yahoo and other accounts, and for contact sync. The contact sync is also push, so changes occur in real time, and I don’t see the advantage of Skybox per se in either of these two areas.

      The real limitation with Live currently, however, is with calendar sync, for which I use a kludgey combo of Outlook, Ogsync, and Google Calendar. Sadly, Skybox doesn’t really look like a solution if it involves me having to install yet another program on my phone. And will Skybox be able to import from / export to other calendars?

      Please do post a Q&A when you get the beta, because this is something I am really interested in.

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    3. GoodThings2Life Saturday, February 7, 2009

      Actually, no, it won’t replace ActiveSync at all. The “More Info” page that’s posted clearly states that it will NOT sync Exchange account information.

      This actually seems like it’s geared more for non-Windows Mobile phones.

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    4. GoodThings2Life Saturday, February 7, 2009

      Disregard that whole post… I grossly misread your post, and thought you were referring to Exchange, lol.

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    5. How about the ability to delete person info, and disable the phone entirely if it’s stolen? At least put a message on screen asking them to call MS for info on how to return it to us.

      Why do no companies try and get us our stolen stuff back when it’s soooo easy for them?

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    6. Guys….Dashwire.com……give it a try, i have been using it for a long time.

      Nick

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