Microsoft set to unveil MobileMe competitor next month

Microsoft is planning to unveil three new mobile services at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month. The software giant is aiming to move your mobile data into the cloud and rival Apple's MobileMe service.

Microsoft announced the Windows Azure platform in October at its professional developers conference and will be expanding its software + services platform with several new products. According to sources close to Microsoft, the company has been working on products codenamed SkyBox, SkyLine and SkyMarket. The final offerings are likely to be named under the Windows Live branding.

"SkyBox" is a service for users to sync a phones information with the web. Microsoft will be offering automatic backup and restore services, access and management of phone data and provide easy communication and sharing with others. The service will also allow syncing of contacts, email/SMS, calendar items and pictures into the cloud, similar to Apple's MobileMe. The difference from Apple's offering is Microsoft could be set to offer this out to non Windows Mobile devices.

"SkyLine" will be aimed at small businesses. Offering similar functionality to SkyBox, businesses will be able to setup their phones with Microsoft's Exchange hosting with their own domain names.

"SkyMarket" was originally discovered in September 2008 when Microsoft advertised several external job positions. SkyMarket is the codename for Microsoft's mobile marketplace, a competitor to Apple's AppStore and RIM's Blackberry application center. This service will only be available on Windows Mobile devices and will showcase the 1000s of Windows Mobile applications available today.

Microsoft is also expected to unveil Windows Mobile 6.5 at the MWC. Neowin revealed in November that 6.5 was being tested by device partners and would be unveiled in 2009 Q1. Little details are available on the 6.5 upgrade but we can confirm that those leaked 6.5 screenshots are genuine concept shots for the honeycomb web start menu.

Neowin will be live from the Mobile World Congress next month, stay tuned for more information.

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I'm think 6.5 will be more of a catch-up to make WinMo more consumer-friendly and more refined (on its own merits). WinMo 7 will most likely where all the more innovative stuff will be.

But Mesh itself is a app you install and run on your mobile device right? These are just simple services and can run on non WinMo phones as well.

Plus they're phone only, while Mesh covers the PC and Mac sync of data as well.

Sure using Mesh does this, but what if you don't want to sync/backup stuff on your phone with a PC/Mac?

In the end Mesh is a step above these "services".

GP007 said,
But Mesh itself is a app you install and run on your mobile device right? These are just simple services and can run on non WinMo phones as well.

Plus they're phone only, while Mesh covers the PC and Mac sync of data as well.

As does MobileMe.

thealexweb said,
The Sky idea wasn't clever, I keep thinking of skydrive when I read it.

Isn't that a good thing? They're all services in the cloud - why not make 'em sound the same?

Maybe when you use Skybox to backup your data online it goes into your Skydrive?

That would make sense imo, and I hope MS does it like that. The best thing about the Live services is they interoperability between each and so on.

This is what happens:

MS: Hey guys lets make more random services, we only have like 100 and half of them are double ups.
People: yay MS more services I love MS.

2 weeks later.
People: you remember that MS service that came out last week, I never use it, I only use hotmail or live mail.
MS: damn noone uses this stuff, lets make more.
People: I cant even find that service MS made now, sites so hard to get around!

Mesh is getting mentioned a lot here even though it wasn't mentioned in the original article. Realise something about Mesh, its still in beta (i.e. its not finished) and everything that is available today at www.mesh.com is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. At its core Mesh is a syncronisation platform, the ability to share files at www.mesh.com is simply one application built on top of that platform. We should expect that some of the existing Windows Live services will also be built atop that platform.

I don't think they will, we've been saying that about other MS services. They are all so disjointed and separated from each other. Seems like they don't want people to have 1 automated service that does a whole bunch of useful stuff, but would rather for 100 apps that do the same thing and have nothing to do with each other.

offroadaaron said,
I don't think they will, we've been saying that about other MS services. They are all so disjointed and separated from each other. Seems like they don't want people to have 1 automated service that does a whole bunch of useful stuff, but would rather for 100 apps that do the same thing and have nothing to do with each other.

Given that the Windows Live team have already publicly stated that they will be doing I think we can safely say that you are wrong.

jamiet said,
Given that the Windows Live team have already publicly stated that they will be doing I think we can safely say that you are wrong.

MS can say whatever they like, Ill believe it when i see it.

I feel like I am in the middle of a Terminator movie with all this "Sky" talk in computers. When will the "SkyNet" computers take over the world? I think I will just keep running my work at home business from my regular computer.

They could just update Windows Live for Mobile in order to do all this, but they release one more service that nobody will understand.

They could just take viigo and build an RSS-based "AppStore", but they're putting lots of effort into creating a totally new "AppStore" thing.

Let's see: We got Windows Live, we got Live Mesh, we got Skydrive, we got Zune services, we get SkyBox. What's next?

How many redundant services and applications will they release until they understand that none of the services is close to perfect, nobody understands the services and thus nobody's going to use them and they just waste their time developing thousands of redundand services.

So typically Microsoft!

Can't the make just ONE PERFECT SERVICE? Can't they finally understand that people like Apple because everyone understands their products?

I wonder how much developers at Microsoft get paid for wasting their time on developing redundant services instead of working together on ONE PERFECT SERVICE.

I even wonder how much employees get paid for thinking of new ideas and new ways to confuse the customer.


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