Microsoft Offering Cloud Sync, Remote Wipe for Windows Phone 7
With the latest generation of smartphones, it's not just about what's in the phone. In fact, online or "cloud-based" features are increasingly important to smartphone users . That may be why Microsoft announced a new site for Windows Phone 7 users that provides a variety of cloud-based features.
The announcement comes from Andy Lees' presentation at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference today. The site will be called Windows Phone Live and will be available to all owners of Windows Phone 7 devices, which are expected to go on sale later this year.
While many details are still missing, it seems that Windows Phone Live will offer two main functions: syncing and protecting a stolen device.
On the syncing side, Windows Phone Live will let users transfer photos and other media from the phone to the Internet or another device. It will also sync contacts and schedules and let users edit OneNote content.
The other main feature allows phone owners to remotely alter their phone if it is stolen. For instance, an owner can track its location, lock it down, make it ring incessantly to alert others or perhaps just annoy the thief, and ultimately wipe the memory on the device if there is sensitive content or the phone isn't retrievable.
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