Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Will Have Skydrive

Expect it for the holiday season

THIS COMING HOLIDAY SEASON, or late November and December if you will, Microsoft will debut its Windows Phone 7 worldwide in a manner that it no doubt hopes will be more successful than its slate and Kin handset efforts.

Microsoft employee Aaron Woodman waxes lyrically on the Vole's Windows Phone blog about how his "favorite product that features many of Microsoft's new consumer technologies, for obvious reasons, is Windows Phone 7."

He goes on to tell us that "This is a fresh start for Microsoft's mobile efforts; one in which we put the end user experiences at the center of every decision we make." So does that explain why Kin was such an enormous failure, that the Vole didn't bother with user experiences?

Wondering how on Earth he came to those rosy conclusions when so little is known about Windows Phone 7, Woodman enlightens us with new information about the company's vision that includes the ubiquitous cloud.

"Windows Phone Live companion [is a] site that gives people a central place to see pictures they've published, view their Windows Live calendar and contacts, exchange OneNote files and access other information shared between the phone and the Web. The site will offer 25GB of SkyDrive."

If it was not able to convince you to use Microsoft's cloud service Skydrive with the Hotmail makeover earlier this year, then take another look via Windows Phone 7. The phone will also come with Bing as its search engine, Zune for music and video, Xbox Live, WiFi access, plus video and photos.

If you become attached to your Windows Phone 7 handset then the OS also has a "Find My Phone service". This allows people to find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities "right from your PC" and all for free, except for the network contract of course.

Excited? Don't be. Woodman says his employer is working closely with its partners to "determine exactly where and how" Windows Phone 7 will be available regionally this upcoming holiday season.

The Vole's CEO Steve Ballmer was once very excited about its HP Slate prospects, and look at what happened to that.


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