updated 10:30 am EDT, Tue July 13, 2010
Windows Phone Live to give WP7 Apple-like backup
Microsoft in the latest of a string of updates today said Windows Phone 7 would have remote storage and security options much like Apple's MobileMe. Windows Phone Live will sync calendars, contacts, OneNote updates and photos as well as provide 25GB of storage on Microsoft's SkyDrive. A Find My Phone service, virtually identical to Apple's Find My iPhone, will help out with lost or stolen phones and track the phone's position over GPS as well as remotely lock, ring or wipe the phone to help get it back with data intact.
The company's Aaron Woodman also stressed that Windows Phone 7 was still on track for a "holiday" shipping window and would support five European and North American languages on launch. Windows Phone Marketplace for the new OS will go live for 17 countries when the phones ship and should include areas not covered by the language of the phone itself, such as Hong Kong, India and Singapore as well as much of western Europe and North America.
Microsoft is known to be treating the platform as a 'reboot' designed to lure customers away from the iPhone and has gone so far as to offer cash incentives to developers to get ports of popular iPhone apps. Windows Phone 7 uses some of the multi-touch Metro interface as the Zune HD but with a tile-based home screen, "hubs" for different functions, and business concessions such as a full mobile Office suite and Exchange e-mail support.