Skybox revealed: more info on Microsoft MyPhone to come at Mobile World Congress

This morning Engadget Mobile posted a screenshot from getskybox.com, with graphics and copy indicating a new beta called Microsoft MyPhone.  We checked on it this morning but the site was offline by the time we checked it out.

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Apparently however Microsoft decided to fess up, issued the following explanation, and at the same time opened up a placeholder page for the new beta:

Today, Microsoft’s My Phone Web site went live prior to its scheduled debut. However, we are excited about the new Microsoft My Phone service, which will be available as a limited, invite-only beta. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft as it connects the phone to the PC and Web, making mobility a key pillar for the company’s software+services strategy.

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.  Once synchronized, people can easily back-up and restore mobile phone data.  My Phone provides an easy to use Web portal where people can access and manage content on the phone, and share that information with others. 

My Phone helps people:

  • Keep their information backed up if they lose or break their phones.
  • Transition information if they switch to new phones.
  • Access the same information from their phone or PC.
  • Additional  information about the service can be found here:  www.windowsmobile.com/myphone

We will have more details about My Phone and the limited invite only beta at Mobile World Congress.

There’s quite a bit more information on the “learn more” page, including some juicy Windows Live tidbits:

  • In your web account, you can add, edit, and delete contacts and calendar appointments, and the changes will appear on your phone the next time that you sync…
  • Recommended settings will synchronize contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, photos, videos, text messages, music, and documents between your phone and your My Phone web account…
  • If you have Windows Live installed on your phone, it will synchronize your Windows Live contacts with the Windows Live web site, and My Phone will synchronize your other contacts to your account on the My Phone web site…
  • But if you used My Phone on your old mobile phone, download and install Microsoft My Phone on your new mobile phone and sign in to the Microsoft My Phone application on your phone using the same Windows Live ID that you previously used. Then, by synchronizing manually or waiting for the next automatic synchronization, all information that you backed up to your Microsoft My Phone web account will be restored to the new phone.

Unfortunately we won’t be in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, but we’ll be paying close attention and will have lots more soon.