Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Microsoft looking to the ‘cloud’ with Windows Mobile 6.5

It appears that Windows Mobile users now have something to get excited about. Sources close to Microsoft are saying Windows is planning to take the wraps off a trio of cloud-based offerings next month at the Mobile Word Congress. Looking to compete with Apple’s MobileMe and App Store, Microsoft’s new mobile solutions will provide more all-inclusive offerings compared to its current PIM-centric Exchange services and app-hunting options. Allegedly codenamed SkyBox, Skyline and SkyMarket, details are as follows:

SkyBox – Remote mobile synching of contacts, Email/SMS, calendar items and images along with automatic backup and restore services.

SkyLine – Similar to SkyBox but tweaked for enterprise. SkyLine includes Exchange integration and custom domains.

SkyMarket – A mobile marketplace to compete with the likes of the App Store. 

We hope these services deliver, but we also hope that Microsoft has some surprises up its sleeve for the MWC next month. We know Microsoft can catch up to the innovation we have seen from Apple, and maybe even surpass them. Windows loyalists, rejoice! 

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