Microsoft opens My Phone Beta Free for All
Microsoft has opened the beta version of My Phone – Cloud synchronization service, to the public. All users can start test driving Microsoft My Phone from 18 May 2009. The free My Phone service lets users back up their smartphone data to up to 200 megabytes of storage space on a Microsoft-hosted Web site, and makes this information accessible through a Web browser.
"We're opening the beta to all users – no more waiting list or promotional codes! So you can tell your friends, family and colleagues with Windows Mobile phones to visit myphone.microsoft.com and start using My Phone today. We've heard from several of you who lost your phones about how My Phone saved the day. We love these stories," revealed a member of the My Phone Engineering team.
My Phone is advertised as a synchronization service that allows Windows Mobile phone owners to back up their devices' information in the Cloud. At the same time, My Phone allows for data stored online to be restored to a mobile phone, if the user so requires. The My Phone application, which needs to be installed on Windows Mobile phones, is capable of dealing with a wide range of content, and sync contacts, but also calendar items, tasks, photos, videos, text messages, music, and even documents, Microsoft has informed.
"We just completed upgrading the My Phone web portal. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating the companion software for your phone, at which time you will be prompted to download the updated software. The upgrade process is quick and easy – all your settings and data will be retained – so we encourage you to upgrade when prompted to do so. Today's web site upgrade includes enabling 19 additional languages on the web portal, adding a Video Demo on the welcome page, providing Help content, and making a number of other improvements based on your feedback," the My Phone Engineering team representative added.
Apple charges a fee for MobileMe subscriptions, while Microsoft is offering My Phone free of charge. It's a safe approach for Microsoft, which is putting many eggs in the cloud computing basket and is aware that outages of any sort in a paid service would give its detractors plenty of ammunition.