New image of Windows Live Phone service appears

WMPoweruser.com has just posted a new image of the Windows Live Phone service that will be a companion, cloud service for Windows Phone 7 when the devices are released. The image shows a few of the functions that will be available on the service; this followers a blurred image we had seen of this service via Long Zheng.

Windows Live Phone - Find My Phone

In the above image the options are all for the “Find My Phone” functionality of the service. Users will be able to see approximately where their phone is on a map which suggests a real-time fix rather than using the phone's last GPS "check-in" location. Users will also be able to ring their phone even if it’s on silent and lock their device and provide a message for someone else to read on the lock screen. Or, if things get drastic, users will be able to erase their phone. However with so much of a user's data on the phone also being stored in the cloud, erasing shouldn’t be as terminal as suggested but is probably not recommended.

When launched, the service will be accessed through Windows Live Devices which will also be used to manage computing devices a user owns. These devices will then be kept in sync and share program settings through Windows Live Mesh. Very little has been announced by Microsoft as to what Windows Live Phone will offer in terms of functionality but it is hoped that it will be possible for much of the data on Windows Phone 7 devices to be stored on Windows Live SkyDrive. In fact from the picture taken by Long Zheng it would appear that at least photos are stored on Windows Live using the Windows Live Phone service.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7 had been “released to manufacturing”, meaning that the code is now complete for Windows Phone 7 version 1.0. The company has yet to announce when devices will be available.

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Microsoft needs a compass, a pocket knife and a good pair of guides like Lewis & Clark. After creating the Zune media player with 32GB, Windows Mobile should have been axed immediately, redeploying that R&D to the Zune team, subsequently Zune HD WITH 32GB should have been released as a phone with an integrated media player outperforming the Iphone 3GS with HD Radio. Verizon, Sprint, Or TMobile should have been given an exclusive license to that product and Microsoft would have had itself entrenched in half of the U.S. wireless market....well, it appears as though Google had the forsight, and Microsoft the hindsight...once again!

onebadolepuddycat said,
Microsoft needs a compass, a pocket knife and a good pair of guides like Lewis & Clark. After creating the Zune media player with 32GB, Windows Mobile should have been axed immediately, redeploying that R&D to the Zune team, subsequently Zune HD WITH 32GB should have been released as a phone with an integrated media player outperforming the Iphone 3GS with HD Radio. Verizon, Sprint, Or TMobile should have been given an exclusive license to that product and Microsoft would have had itself entrenched in half of the U.S. wireless market....well, it appears as though Google had the forsight, and Microsoft the hindsight...once again!

It was called the Kin and it was an epic fail.

This is great. I hope all of the functionality of MyPhone makes its way into this service. It certainly sounds very similar... I'm not sure what they'll have in common. Since I have MyPhone now on my 6.x phone, would I be able to sync with that data and get up and running on a WP7 phone quickly? Or is this new service completely separate? I hope for the former...

Nice security measures. I would love to see an option to link a WP7 device to Windows Live Family Safety so I can...
- Lockdown websites my son can visit (just like WLFS today on PCs)
- Restrict access times to web, games and certain apps.
- Block access to App Store.
- Restrict webcam / camera use.
- Limit Dialing Phone #s to family.
etc.

The easiest option would be to not allow my child to have a smartphone. But I do want them to be able to call us in an emergency. And having a single portable audio/video player and portable gaming system is easier to take care of.

JohnCz said,
Nice security measures. I would love to see an option to link a WP7 device to Windows Live Family Safety so I can...
- Lockdown websites my son can visit (just like WLFS today on PCs)
- Restrict access times to web, games and certain apps.
- Block access to App Store.
- Restrict webcam / camera use.
- Limit Dialing Phone #s to family.
etc.

The easiest option would be to not allow my child to have a smartphone. But I do want them to be able to call us in an emergency. And having a single portable audio/video player and portable gaming system is easier to take care of.

You want a portable handcuff for your child? Perhaps some books on parenting would suffice

There's plenty of $5 phone throwaway phone stands around every country/city, grab one and be happy--all they cand o is call.

All I want is to enable them to play music, play xna games and make a few calls for emergency purposes. As they get older I'd be willing to open it up...does that really sound obsurd? If it does, that may reveal something about yourself...<18yrs or very single.

Don't get me wrong, until this stuff is in place they are not getting any SmartPhone. I think I'm being doing my part as parent to investigate things and make product suggestions that aid ..."not replace" parenting.

JohnCz said,
All I want is to enable them to play music, play xna games and make a few calls for emergency purposes. As they get older I'd be willing to open it up...does that really sound obsurd? If it does, that may reveal something about yourself...<18yrs or very single.

Don't get me wrong, until this stuff is in place they are not getting any SmartPhone. I think I'm being doing my part as parent to investigate things and make product suggestions that aid ..."not replace" parenting.

I'm 16 years old, will be 17 in December. This is pathetic. Under 18 does not imply you are a little kid that is not sexually active. If your son is my age, I would be ****ed if you were to screw with my phone and I'd just format your entire HDD as payback, then I'd connect to the computer and wipe the phone and it's restrictions. Then if you decided to restrict me even more with my social life, I'd say "**** you" and live with my brother.

If this really is a kid, he might find no apparent use for a smartphone. He'd also be ****ed if he had to have the same smartphone until he was 18. Like wtf are you thinking, phones don't go for 10 years. If he's like 10 years old, 8 years later it's been definitely been replaced or burned.

This is why I feel sure you are talking about someone my age. It is totally inappropriate to get involved with your son's life like that. It will not help him, he will always be influenced by his generation. That generation will always influence him to say "**** you" to anybody he doesn't like. That's what I'd be thinking or saying and restricting someone's rights doesn't change that or anything else that the current generation has done.

I tell my parents they are extremely lucky that they got the good kids, that I don't smoke or go out drinking all the time. So much **** goes down with people from my school, and my parents completely forget that and tell me it would never happen on 7th Heaven. wtf they just don't get it. I want to go get drunk as **** on my brother's party for his birthday and my Mom thinks I should only drink a beer, never get drunk, blah blah blah. She thinks my sister who is 22 years old is not sexually active with her boyfriend she's moving in with next year.

The point I'm making at the end of the day is simple. You can't change a teenager into the model son you wish he'd be. It's practically inevitable for him to reach the point where he is no different from anybody else in his generation. Instead of prevention, you should try helping your son learn from mistakes.

[But then if he is 10 years old, you're outta your mind thinking the phone will reach him being 18 years old!]

Electric Jolt said,
...snip...

If I had a child, and if I bought my child a smart phone to let him/her contact me in an emergency, or to let me contact them, I think it's reasonable to want to restrict what they can do on it.

It is my phone and my service plan after all. I wouldn't want them running up huge phone bills on my account, browsing porn, etc. They get the benefit of having a music player, an app playing device and some limited internet access in addition to being able to keep in touch with home. Once they can afford to buy their own phone and service plan, then they can go and knock themselves out, I wouldn't stop them.

TCLN Ryster said,

If I had a child, and if I bought my child a smart phone to let him/her contact me in an emergency, or to let me contact them, I think it's reasonable to want to restrict what they can do on it.

It is my phone and my service plan after all. I wouldn't want them running up huge phone bills on my account, browsing porn, etc.

I've been watching porn since 8 years old. My brain isn't rotting. Limiting call time is something else though, I don't talk that much so I don't have to worry about it.

I wonder does the USE TEXT MESSAGES option mean that a message created one the website will be sent to phone and then sent to the contact as a text.

LiquidCooled said,
I wonder does the USE TEXT MESSAGES option mean that a message created one the website will be sent to phone and then sent to the contact as a text.

No, this service works by sending specially formatted 'command' text messages to the phone.

FoxieFoxie said,
Wow, news about image...

Back under your rock troll, the news isn't about an image... it's about what the image depicts.

Ambroos said,

Only Apple charges money for stuff that should be free.

In fairness, the MyPhone location services for WinMo 6.x charge you to locate the phone and such. The software for backup up your contacts and data is free however. I'm glad that it's going to be free for WP7 though. About time.

Bengal34 said,
This is insanely awesome. I'm constatly misplacing my phone and the "ring it" and "map it" would be a godsend.

I agree, this is awesome. Being able to ring your phone even if it is on silent would be epic!

Bengal34 said,
This is insanely awesome. I'm constatly misplacing my phone and the "ring it" and "map it" would be a godsend.

You can already do that with Microsoft MyPhone for Windows Mobile 6. The functionality has been available on Windows Phones for over a year.

Yeah, those features look great.
As a kid, I always used the landland downstairs, then ran upstairs to listen to where the vibrations were coming from, before the voicemail kicked in.

xpxp2002 said,

You can already do that with Microsoft MyPhone for Windows Mobile 6. The functionality has been available on Windows Phones for over a year.

Does anyone actually use WM6?

aljaradi said,
they need to make windows live contacts fully compatible with MS Outlook ..

They are =/ Use the outlook connector and all your contacts will be synced.

/- Razorfold said,

They are =/ Use the outlook connector and all your contacts will be synced.

Not quite, there are several fields that do not sync between Outlook and Live, occupation for one

aljaradi said,
they need to make windows live contacts fully compatible with MS Outlook ..

I'm loosing track of what syncs to what now....

I use outlook/exchange for work along with CRM, CRM syncs certain contacts back to outlook which then syncs to exchange - from there its over to my android phone via the active sync connection.

I have contacts on google apps (personal stuff) which sync to my phone and outlook.

My facebook contacts sync to my phone via the fb android app.

My facebook contacts sync to outlook via the 2010 outlook social connector, along with linked in contacts.

My Live ID (personal) shows my FB contacts as well as live contacts, which all sync back to outlook via the live connector.

What would be good, its an extensible model applied to contacts attributes on all services. Create the standard attributes but allow us to add our own to fit in with other contact management systems we may use, I can dream......