Revamped Windows Phone My Phone web portal coming soon

Microsoft is about to launched and revamped version of the Windows Phone My Phone web portal alongside the Mango update later this year. As you can see in the screenshot above, which originates from the Microsoft Japan FAQ, this new web portal will apparently be accessible by clicking on the My Phone section of the windowsphone.com site and will allow user to locate their phone (this is already possible now) but also access their application purchase history and re-download applications from the web version of the Marketplace. Microsoft has yet to roll out this new website but now that the first Mango devices are on sale it shouldn’t be too far off.

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Windows Phone Mango Beta 2 Refresh available now

As speculated earlier this morning Microsoft has just released the Beta 2 Refresh of Mango for registered developers:

Starting this morning, you can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 “Beta 2 Refresh” from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. We’ve received positive feedback on the Mango tools and bits we’ve shared, but appreciate that many devs are still interested in working with a more complete build. Today’s refresh of the tools represent a month of great progress by the engineering team, further refining and improving the Mango developer experience.

So if you are a registered developer just head over to the Connect site and download the 7712 build to installed on your handsets. Just note that this isn’t the RTM build (7720) but a earlier version that should be feature complete. I can’t install it right now but will check it out later tday and report back any findings.

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Microsoft My Phone backup service to be discounted in October 2011


You all must have already gotten the email but if you didn’t here’s what Microsoft just announced:

On August 7, 2011, the My Phone service will stop saving content from phones to the My Phone service. If you rely on the My Phone service to back-up the content on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone, you will be affected.

Starting August 7 2011 all the My Phone content will be transferred to the user’s Skydrive and will be only accessible via the Skydrive web site. Finally on October 6 2011 the http://www.microsoft.com/myphone website will be shot down and users will no longer be able to log into the My Phone service and restore their saved content on their Windows Mobile 6.X device but Microsoft will still continue to store content until October 5 2012 (the company will ship physical copies of the content if requested by the user).

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Most wanted features still missing in Windows Phone 7 Mango?

Now that we practically know nearly everything about Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 I thought that is would be interesting to look at all the new features and see what’s missing in terms of “must have” functionalities. The update isn’t lacking when it comes to improvements and added services but there are still some things that have yet to be addressed by Microsoft.

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What is exactly the Windows Phone Mobile Studio ?

As you have probably already seen, Mary Jo Foley posted about a Microsoft Job listing that mentions something called the Windows Phone Mobile Studio and speculates that this may be Microsoft’s updated Windows Phone version of the now defunct Kin Studio cloud synching service. I personally think that this “Mobile Studio” is actually a UI/UX design team within Microsoft and not an actual product or service. This is not to say that there isn’t a Windows Phone version of the Kin Studio in the works or that this team isn’t working on one though. Microsoft has already officially stated that it was working on this ever since Kin was pronounced dead.

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Windows Live Sync makes a U-Turn and becomes Windows Live Mesh..Again

 

Microsoft doesn’t seem to be afraid to change things up lately. After dropping the ”Series” from Windows Phone 7, canning the Kin devices only a few weeks after launching them they are now re-branding the recently announced (and in Beta) Windows Live Sync service back to Windows Live Mesh (Live sync is/was based on Live Mesh). Microsoft has apparently listened to the beta user complaints and decided to bump the sync storage to 5Gb like it originaly was in Live Mesh and also re-brand the whole thing Windows Live Mesh. Unfortunately there’ still no mobile support yet (Live Mesh had Windows Mobile support) but I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes next year when Microsoft starts to incorporate a Kin Studio like feature into WP7 and updates the MyPhone service as it was previously hinted at.

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Windows Phone Live and Photo syncing information

The screenshot above shows you how the Windows Phone Live services looks like when used with the Samsung Taylor development handset.As you can see it isn’t much different from what is currently available with MyPhone on Windows Mobile 6.X the only major difference being that everything is now free of charge. OneNote files will be automatically synced to the Skydrive (see the screenshot here) and Office Docs will also be able to be automatically synced but only with a SharePoint serve (manual syncing can still be done via the Windows Phone Live / MyPhone service).

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About Live Sync on Windows Phone 7

There’s been a lot of confusion this weekend after Neowin post about Live Sync on Windows Phone 7. First off, the lack of Live Sync (formerly known as Live Mesh) support on Windows Phone 7 has been known since the Windows Live Essential /Wave 4 beta release on June 23rd. Secondly, Live Sync has nothing to do with the Windows Phone Live services (formerly known as MyPhone) announced last week.

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Windows Phone Live offers sync, remote wipe, device location for free on Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has just announced the new and updated version of their MyPhone service for Windows Phone 7 device. The new service is now called Windows Phone Live and will enable WP7 users to sync the phone content wireless to their 25GB Skydrive and offer all the previous MyPhone services like device location, remote wipe,contact management all for free. I noticed the presence of this service yesterday during my hands-on time with the device. For example if you open a picture (or any other document) on your phone you will have the choice to upload it directly to the Skydrive in just one tap. It is also nice to see Microsoft the premium services for free now.
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Microsoft MyPhone service updated to version 1.6

Microsoft has just pushed out a new version of the MyPhone (1.06.22718.01) cloud backup service for Windows Mobile phones:

Dear My Phone User,

We’ve just updated the My Phone backup service to provide fixes and enhancements based on your feedback. The next time you sync, you will receive a notification on your phone to update the My Phone software. The content you have already synced will remain unchanged and can be managed online.

Have you logged into the My Phone website lately? Sure My Phone provides peace of mind with automatic backup, as well as find and protect your lost phone features. But here are a few tips and features that you may not know about:

1) Quickly update and manage your contacts conveniently from your PC. You can even add photos to your contacts from your desktop with just a few clicks of your mouse. Just login to the My Phone website, go to Contacts, and select the contacts that you wish to update.

2) Easily download, upload and share your photos. Getting pictures on and off your phone can sometimes be a tricky task, but My Phone makes it simple. Not only can you download Photos from your phone to your PC, but you can also upload photos from your PC to your phone, as well as quickly share photos from your phone or PC with Windows Live, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. When you login to My Phone, your most recent Photos are right there on the home page. Select the photos that you wish to upload, download or share.

3) Use Wi-Fi to sync your content. My Phone will sync over Wi-Fi when available. If your phone can connect to the Wi-Fi in your home or office, then you won’t have to worry about cellular data usage.

The My Phone team is excited about the continued success of our service. We were recently chosen as a finalist for the GSMA 2010 Best Mobile Internet Service and continue to see new users across the globe every day.

Thank you for using My Phone. We hope you continue to enjoy our service.

The My Phone Team

Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 being worked on


It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about Microsoft’s MyPhone service. Here’s a new Job ad with some rather vague information about the next version (2.0) of the service:

The mobile and online areas are two of the most competitive and innovative areas in software today. Microsoft has strong competitors, but we also have great technologies, some amazing ideas, and a huge commitment to do what it takes to win from the executive leadership team. The My Phone service is the initial release in a bigger vision to combine these two critical areas into a compelling customer experience, enhancing the Windows Phone platform with powerful web integration scenarios around data protection, device management, social networking, location awareness, ease of use, integration with partner services, and much more.

The My Phone test team is looking for an SDET to join us as we embark on our 2.0 release. Our client work involves the development & testing of features that form part of the next release of Windows Mobile. Our server work involves development & testing for the next release of our datacenter hosted web services & web portal. Experience in either (or both) of these areas is highly preferred. The successful candidate will primarily own testing features for either client or server, but will work closely with the other.

The My Phone server development team is looking for a software developer to join us as we embark on our 2.0 release. Our service includes a data sync engine that mirrors your phone’s data for backup and restore, as well as other cool scenarios like finding your lost phone, remotely locking or wiping the data and many others on the top of our list. If you are interested in mobile and online services, our team is at the heart of making it happen at Microsoft.

The successful candidate will be a strong developer with a passion for mobile devices and aptitude for UI and server development, in particular a subject matter expert in Silverlight technologies.

It looks like the next version will let users synchronise their Social Networks status/info among other new features and will be SilverLight based (on Windows Mobile 7). Will it use Microsoft’s Live Mesh technology?

Source: Microsoft , Microsoft

Microsoft MyPhone no longer syncing SMS, here’s the fix

MyPhone SMS sync
Looks like the latest update to the MyPhone service (v1.05.2317) introduced a bug that disables SMS/text messages syncing if you don’t use an Exchange server. THe current solution (until Microsoft fixes the problem) is to go into the Registry:

Got To HKLM\Software\Microsoft\My Phone

Then you have to change the registry value “DisableSMSDataType” from “1″ to “0″

Hopefully Microsoft will fix this ASAP.

Microsoft MyPhone premium features

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Microsoft is announcing today 4 new premium features for the MyPhone service for $4.99. Those 4 features are:

- Ring Your Phone: Lets you remotely ring you device so it’s easier for you to find it incase you misplaced it somewhere.

- Locate your phone: If somebody has stolen your phone (and was dumb enough not to turn it off..)This feature will enable the GPS receiver on your device and show it on a map

- Lock your Phone: This will lock your phone a display a message (it can be your name and contact information) in case you lost your phone and somebody finds it.

- Erase your phone: Remote wipe your phone (the best of the 4 features IMO)

All those features are free to trial for 60 days and will cost you $4.99 afterwards. But you will still be able to use one of the four feature after the trial perioide (before paying $4.99)

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft MyPhone service update on Monday

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In a Blog post today the MyPhone team announced that the Windows Mobile sync service is going to be down on October 5th and back on October 6th in time for the official launch on Windows Mobile 6.5. Hopefully will get some more information about the remote wipe/lock/map features and increase in storage space.

On October 5th, 2009 at 5AM (Pacific Daylight Time) (check your local time here) the Microsoft My Phone service will be unavailable while we upgrade the service. The service will come back online on October 6th, 2009 Tuesday morning PDT. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: MyPhone Team Blog

Microsoft MyPhone remote wipe feature to require one-time fee

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According to the screeanshot above, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile MyPhone remote map/lock/wipe feature may require a one time fee. No word yet from Microsoft regarding these features and if/when MyPhone’s cloud storage will go from 200Mb to 2Gb as promised before.

Source: LongZheng Twitter

Windows Mobile 6.5 will launch on October 6

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Microsoft has just officially announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 is launching on October 6. The Windows Marketplace for Mobile and the MyPhone cloud service are also set to launch on this date.

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 1, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows® phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009. The new phones will be the first to feature Windows Mobile 6.5, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile phone software, and will deliver new customer experiences through an improved, easy-to-use user interface, better browsing capabilities and access to valuable services, including Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone.

“A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web,” said Todd Peters, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group at Microsoft.

Industry Players Rally Behind Windows Phones

Partners from around the globe are committed to updating or expanding their portfolios to include phones with Windows Mobile 6.5.

• In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.

• In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba

• In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung

• In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba

One Phone for Work and Play

Windows phones are ideal devices for work and play, giving consumers the confidence to get things done with mobile versions of the software they recognize and expect from their PCs. The redesigned Internet Explorer Mobile browser includes a new engine and built-in Adobe Flash Lite support for better rendering and completion of tasks, so it’s easy to do more from a phone, such as check in for a flight, get directions or pay bills while on the go. Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile delivers a familiar, consistent e-mail experience across the PC, phone and browser, while Microsoft Office Mobile allows customers to open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents right from their phone. With Windows Live on their phones, users can keep track of friends in one place, no matter which social networking sites they belong to — Facebook, Twitter or MySpace Windows Live.

Powerful Mobile Services

Windows phones will debut with two new powerful mobile services so that the information, contacts and applications customers want are always at their fingertips. A wide variety of approved and certified applications will be available for direct download to Windows phones from Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and an easy return policy lets customers buy with confidence. The free My Phone service allows customers to automatically back up and sync photos, music, contacts and text messages from their phone to the Web, making it easy to access and manage them from their phone or PC or restore the information in the event of a lost phone.

A Customized Experience, From Keyboards to Widgets

Windows phones give consumers the choice of a broad selection of form factors from sleek, touch-screen devices to full QWERTY keyboards to make it easy to find a phone that fits their needs. Windows Mobile 6.5 provides easy access to third-party applications such as Facebook, Netflix and Zagat, and an improved, touch-friendly user interface that allows customers to tailor their phone to suit their individual style. With the new version, users can change the look and feel of their phones with designer themes or a personal background and customize their home screen with widgets so the information they need is always easy to find.

AT&T Sernior VP, Jeff Bradley said:

AT&T’s senior vice president for devices, Jeff Bradley, said in an interview that the new system is a good step for Microsoft, but certainly not its last.

“I don’t think it catches them up to what is setting the bar today,” Bradley said. “I think they’ve got a definite plan to introduce an even more consumer-friendly and competitive interface and set of services.”

Microsoft would not comment on plans for the next version of the mobile operating system.

Let’s hope that Windows Mobile 7 isn’t officially launching on Octber 6 2010

Source: Microsoft & Windows Mobile Team Blog