Automatic backups coming to Windows Phone

Anyone that's suffered data loss will know how much of a lifesaver backups are. To the average user, backups can get tedious and intrusive, so modern day systems have been geared towards making the process as simple as possible.

Enter Windows Phone 7. Currently, the OS doesn't have an auto backup feature (unless you turn to the homebrew scene), but a recent job posting looks like that's all set to change. WMPU has uncovered a listing for a Software Engineer to join Redmond's Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team.

The listing reads:

Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery.

The keywords here are "quickly and seamlessly". With Apple's iCloud and Google's web offerings making most phone data recovery pretty straightforward, Microsoft has got a fair bit to live up to. If they can come up with something unobtrusive and simple, they may be onto another winning feature.

Interested in the job? You can read the full listing and apply directly to Microsoft here.

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It'll definitely be nice to be able to back up more stuff, but honestly, aside from app settings, what does the phone not automatically backup already? Most of the data on my phone is already automatically synced to Live / Skydrive without any interaction at all from me...

M_Lyons10 said,
It'll definitely be nice to be able to back up more stuff, but honestly, aside from app settings, what does the phone not automatically backup already? Most of the data on my phone is already automatically synced to Live / Skydrive without any interaction at all from me...

Device settings and sms.

M_Lyons10 said,
It'll definitely be nice to be able to back up more stuff, but honestly, aside from app settings, what does the phone not automatically backup already? Most of the data on my phone is already automatically synced to Live / Skydrive without any interaction at all from me...

1. Device settings
2. App settings
3. SMS/MMS/IM threads
4. IE Bookmarks and browsing history
5. Linked contacts
6. You have to manually reinstall your apps
7. Pictures that were on your device aren't synced as they were before
8. Groups

wixostrix said,

1. Device settings
2. App settings
3. SMS/MMS/IM threads
4. IE Bookmarks and browsing history
5. Linked contacts
6. You have to manually reinstall your apps
7. Pictures that were on your device aren't synced as they were before
8. Groups

LOL, WP7 is such a joke, even my Windows Mobile 6.5 could do all this, but those ******* at MS discontinued it after WP7 release.

FoxieFoxie said,

LOL, WP7 is such a joke, even my Windows Mobile 6.5 could do all this, but those ******* at MS discontinued it after WP7 release.

Discontinued? It just isn't built-in, yet. Relax.

I think, it's reading into that job listing a bit *too* much to definitively state automatic backups are coming to Windows Phone...

~Johnny said,
I think, it's reading into that job listing a bit *too* much to definitively state automatic backups are coming to Windows Phone...
Actually, the phone gets backup when there is a firmware upgrade. This announce just looks like to apply for any backup, it can be manual backup of the whole phone at any time or just an enhancement of the current backup system.

A fully, customizable, always available and not only when updates are installed, backup is something that nowadays any device should have from day 1.

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