February 7, 2009

The Pre And The Cloud And You #6

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 3:52 pm

Microsoft’s Cloud service goes live before it was scheduled to. What, did their servers turn on themselves?

Microsoft Comes Clean on My Phone — More Deets at MWC

This is the interesting bit:

This new Microsoft cloud service syncs critical information (e.g., contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, text messages, photos, video, etc) on a user’s mobile phone to a password protected Web site.

Emphasis added by me.

It will back up video? How will that actually work? I can’t think of any carrier that would be pleased to have to send several gigabytes of data through their cell network in order for someone to have their own entertainment prior to, say, boarding a flight.

I have to think there will be an option to delay downloading gigabytes of data for when the phone is either syncing with a desktop PC or using WiFi (and even with WiFi, that’d seriously degrade the bandwidth for everyone else — imagine the pain, say, at a Starbucks!).

We’ve seen Apple’s MobileMe service. Next up will be Microsoft’s My Phone.

Both of these will provide indications of what Palm might offer.



  1. Note that it states that it syncs the data “on” a mobile device “to” the web, not necessarily bi-directional. My guess is it just syncs video created on the mobile (think: super compressed camera phone video).

    This doesn’t seem so unbelievable to me, Dashwire (a mobile sync service started by an ex-Microsoft Windows mobile product manager) has the same functionality.

    “Dashwire’s Connected Service helps users sync the contacts, text messages, calls, photos, videos, and settings from their phones to their cloud-based Dashwire account, where they can backup and interact with their information, share their experiences with friends and social sites, and discover the top solutions available for their phones.”

    I haven’t been paying much attention to MS’s upcoming cloud services, mostly because I’m pretty sure they won’t integrate with any services I actually care about.

    Comment by Galt — February 7, 2009 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  2. >>>My guess is it just syncs video created on the mobile

    That’s probably the most likely thing. My ears (eyes?) are still ringing from all the users at Palm Infocenter who carry around GBs of media files.

    Comment by mikecane — February 8, 2009 @ 10:48 am | Reply

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