Microsoft Launching On-Device Mobile Software Store, Online Backup Service

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  1. Ed Hardy

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    Along with this week's announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft also unveiled Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which will allow users tofind andpurchase software from Windows phones.

    It has also announced the My Phone service, which it informally introduced to the world last week.

    Windows Marketplace for Mobile
    In the wake of the wild success of Apple's iPhone App Store, many other companies arecoming out with on-device software stores, including Microsoft, Google, and Nokia.

    Microsoft's will let customers get games,usefulutilities, or businessapplications directly from their phone or from a PC. The marketplace will let users search, browse categories,and purchase software.

    Developers, who have already built over 20,000 applications for Windows phones, will be able to offer their products to customers through the marketplaceafter a security and compatibility check from Microsoft.

    The new marketplace will be included with allmodelsbased on Windows Mobile 6.5. The first of these aren't scheduled to hit the market until this fall.

    Microsoft My Phone
    Microsoft's upcoming online synchronization service for Windows Mobile is called My Phone.This will allow users to synchronize calendar and contacts,photos and other files with a server.

    In addition, My Phone users will be able to go to a web site and access their personal information to make changes, which will be reflected on their smartphone the next time they synchronize.

    There are some limitations: it does not backup email, users are limited to 200 MB of free storage, and this won't be a push service. Data will be automatically synchronized once each night, but users will be able to manually initiate a sync.

    This is companion service for Exchange ActiveSync, not a replacement.On devices that aresynchronizing data with an Exchange Server, My Phone will not back up Calendar and Contacts information. However, it will handle file backups, as that's not a service offered by Exchange ActiveSync.

    Microsoft My Phone is currently available only as alimited, invite-only beta. More information is available at getskybox.com.

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    I'm in the invite-only beta for My Phone, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

    I do have a small warning from one of my friends who has been using it: My Phone will let you sync with four phones at a time, but keep in mind that each account is meant for one person, not a family. This service will combine the data for all your devices together. If you and your wife want to use My Phone, you're going to need different accounts.

    p.s. There was some earlier discussion on My Phone in this thread:
    http://forum.brighthand.com/showthread.php?p=1742597
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    Hi,

    The marketplace thing really looks to be the next "in" thing.

    I like it as it helps developers to not have to deal with places like Handango and Palm/Pocket Gear who charge unrealistic fees to the developer.

    That is one reason the Apple store has gotten as popular as it is for developers.

    30% Vs 60-70% makes a big difference in most developers wallet.

    The online backup will work for some but most who frequent sites such as this will not embrace the concept easily.

    Hopefully they will still allow you to backup to your PC or Laptop.

    David
     
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