Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace to shut down, MyPhone moving to SkyDrive

By Kip Kniskern | Posted June 8, 2011 10 comments

In an email to Windows Mobile 6.x users today, Microsoft revealed that they will be shutting down the MyPhone service, and beginning to move current Windows Mobile 6.x MyPhone content to SkyDrive, beginning August 7, 2011. Here’s a portion of that email:

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site To Be Discontinued
The Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site at http://marketplace.windowsphone.com will no longer be available starting on July 15, 2011. After July 15, 2011, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x phones via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile service will continue to be available on your phone, however. You will continue to be able to browse, buy and download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x on your phone.

My Phone To Be Discontinued
On August 7, 2011, the My Phone service will stop saving content from phones to the My Phone service. If you rely on the My Phone service to back-up the content on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone, you will be affected.

Starting on August 7, 2011, Microsoft will begin moving your My Phone content to Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive is Microsoft’s free online storage service that helps you access and share your files such as photos and Microsoft Office documents. Contacts, calendar entries, text messages and photos will be moved to SkyDrive for you. Once moved, you will be able to access this content by logging into SkyDrive using the Windows Live ID that you used to register for the My Phone service.

Other content types, including videos, music, documents and favorites will not be moved from My Phone to SkyDrive for you. If you want this content, you must save it from the My Phone service to your local PC.

The MyPhone website, at http://www.microsoft.com/myphone will be shut down on October 6, 2011, but Microsoft will store content from MyPhone for one year, making a physical copy available upon request.
Microsoft has posted a Knowledge Base article on the changes

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 1:57 pm
  • Artisane

    Just got the email. Can’t say I’m happy to see the platform dying since I’m stuck on it until the office decides to take us to Android.

  • Artisane

    Just got the email. Can’t say I’m happy to see the platform dying since I’m stuck on it until the office decides to take us to Android.

  • damaster

    Not that it says much, but according to the KB support article, here’s the reason they gave on why My Phone is being discontinued:

    Q: Why is Microsoft discontinuing the My Phone service?
    A: Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Live as the principal and centralized cloud service for various Microsoft products. As is often the case, improved products and technology allow us to move in a forward direction, bringing fresh products and updated capabilities to customers.

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    Not that it says much, but according to the KB support article, here’s the reason they gave on why My Phone is being discontinued:

    Q: Why is Microsoft discontinuing the My Phone service?
    A: Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Live as the principal and centralized cloud service for various Microsoft products. As is often the case, improved products and technology allow us to move in a forward direction, bringing fresh products and updated capabilities to customers.

  • Sascenter

    Well, we can use activesync exchange instead. And I think it’s fair and nice from their customer support that “Microsoft will store content from MyPhone for one year, making a physical copy available upon request.”.

    I just don’t know how to sync my contacts and still not get all my messenger friends shown up in my phone contacts.

  • Sascenter

    Well, we can use activesync exchange instead. And I think it’s fair and nice from their customer support that “Microsoft will store content from MyPhone for one year, making a physical copy available upon request.”.

    I just don’t know how to sync my contacts and still not get all my messenger friends shown up in my phone contacts.

  • Rostislav Belov

    As alternative you can try http://www.bloove.com It allows to  backup your Windows Mobile phone (contacts and sms only) or transfer your data to any Android based phone.

  • Rostislav Belov

    As alternative you can try http://www.bloove.com It allows to  backup your Windows Mobile phone (contacts and sms only) or transfer your data to any Android based phone.

  • sdreamer

    You should probably clarify that it is just the Marketplace Website shutting down, and not the entire Marketplace as your title insinuates

  • Anonymous

    You should probably clarify that it is just the Marketplace Website shutting down, and not the entire Marketplace as your title insinuates