Windows Phone 8 to support SMS/MMS backup to Outlook.com

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted September 3, 2012 12 comments

Two months ago we saw an early build of the Windows Phone 8 SDK was leaked to the web. Many people around the internet had been able to dig around the emulator, and many yet-to-be announced features were discovered. One of this is the ability backup text messages, including SMS and MMS, to the cloud. This is shown in the screenshot below:

 Automatic Backups

The Verge now reports that the text messages being backed up will be accessible via Outlook.com. With the release of Outlook.com back in early August, we saw a new feature where the service now saves all Messaging conversations (i.e. via Messenger or Facebook Chat) to a “Messaging history” folder. Given the Messaging hub on Windows Phone is tightly integrated with SMS, Messenger and Facebook Chat, we have reasons to believe that your SMS and MMS messages will be backed up and accessible via a similar location on Outlook.com.

Furthermore, besides text messages backup, it was also reported that Windows Phone 8 will sync settings such as themes, accounts, Internet Explorer favorites to the cloud, as well as app lists and individual app settings, as shown in the screenshot above.

SMS backups had been a highly requested feature that had been missing from Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile 6.x users had a companion service called “My Phone” (codenamed SkyBox) which provided the ability to automatically backup SMS messages to the cloud, although the messages were accessible only via the “My Phone” portal which had since been discontinued. It is great to see this feature making a return to Windows Phone 8 with better integration with Outlook.com and other Messaging services.

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am
  • Emiliano Magliocca

    good now we miss only ie favorites and rss sync

  • http://www.facebook.com/emiliano.magliocca Emiliano Magliocca

    good now we miss only ie favorites and rss sync

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    So our IE10 favourites on our Windows 8/RT devices will be on our Windows Phone 8 devices? Or will there be separate favourites for Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT? 

    • Omen1337

      There are no favorites in IE10 Metro, so maybe they’re taking away favorites in IE10 Windows Phone?

      • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

        There are in the RTM version of IE10 metro – you can add them from the ‘pin site’ menu and they can be viewed along with pinned sites and frequent when typing in a URL.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    So our IE10 favourites on our Windows 8/RT devices will be on our Windows Phone 8 devices? Or will there be separate favourites for Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT? 

    • Omen1337

      There are no favorites in IE10 Metro, so maybe they’re taking away favorites in IE10 Windows Phone?

      • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

        There are in the RTM version of IE10 metro – you can add them from the ‘pin site’ menu and they can be viewed along with pinned sites and frequent when typing in a URL.

  • Mike Lowrey

    Hopefully there will be an API. I would love to use this for Android together with an Windows 8 Tablet.

  • Mike Lowrey

    Hopefully there will be an API. I would love to use this for Android together with an Windows 8 Tablet.

  • devilfisch

    Any news on an SMS spam filter? SMS spam is so much of a problem in this part of the world and I would love to have such a feature. If it’s not, maybe I’ll just make one.

  • devilfisch

    Any news on an SMS spam filter? SMS spam is so much of a problem in this part of the world and I would love to have such a feature. If it’s not, maybe I’ll just make one.