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Windows Phone 7 Does Remote Erase, Location

Tuesday Microsoft unveiled the Windows Phone Live companion site for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 device. It will supposedly be a one-stop hub for everything the user needs, whether its to see published images, check email, exchange OneNote files, check their Windows Live calendar, and more. All files will be synchronized between the web, PC, and the handheld.

According to Microsoft's Aaron Woodman in the Windows Phone Blog, the site will also provide users with 25GB of SkyDrive cloud-based storage, and a Find My Phone service that will help owners manage their missing phone using map, ring, lock and erase capabilities. Both services will be provided to Windows Phone 7 users free of charge.

As for the actual Windows Phone 7 launch date, Woodman said that they're right on track. "This is a fresh start for Microsoft’s mobile efforts; one in which we put the end user experiences at the center of every decision we make, from architecting a new design and integrated on-phone experiences, to taking more accountability for the hardware and application development platform," he said.

Woodman added that Microsoft is currently working with partners to determine "where and how Windows Phone 7 will be available regionally this holiday season and beyond." The device will support five languages at launch: English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. The Windows Phone Marketplace will also support the buying and selling of applications in 17 countries; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and United States.

"The bottom line is that we believe it’s not enough to have exciting games, intuitive email, rich music, extensive social networking tools or even beautiful hardware to house it all," Woodman said. "The magic comes when all of these things work together to bring the people and things you care about closer, while smoothing out your everyday tasks so that your day is a little bit easier."

We're fired up. What about you?

  • willgart
    interesting... I want to see it in action on different devices. the remote location and erase option is great.
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  • sonnywoj
    ill probably swap this with my iphone.. unless you know.... it has terrible signal strength when i hold it.
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  • Shin-san
    I'm wondering if they will use the old Kin software with it.
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  • reconspartan
    I'd like to see something that can compete with android in terms of user created content, aside from an iphone ofcrs.
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  • alphadark
    ReconspartanI'd like to see something that can compete with android in terms of user created content, aside from an iphone ofcrs.
    I think with the use of Direct 9 we will see a lot of content not seen before on a phone. I want to get my hands on one before I decide to drop Android.
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  • BeakerUK
    confirmed Blackberry user here, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they pull out of the hat. By rights Windows Mobile and Symbian should OWN the smartphone market, but they both dropped the ball. Windows mobile just didn't advance enough for normal users (i.e. Not Us Lot), and Symbian's wheels appeared to fall off in about 2004.

    I'm due for my next upgrade when these are due, so I would like to see what they come out with. Might move off Blackberry unless the 9800 is actually as nice as it appears to be.
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  • cknobman
    sonnywojill probably swap this with my iphone.. unless you know.... it has terrible signal strength when i hold it.
    The signal strength will be just fine if you hold it "correctly".
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  • gogogadgetliver
    Shin-sanI'm wondering if they will use the old Kin software with it.
    It won't get the Kin Studio (which rocks!) if that's what you mean. The functionality that it will have will be very similar though. In some ways improved.
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  • ksampanna
    Good for them
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  • maestintaolius
    back_by_demandFor all those who dont have a closed mind and haven't already made up their minds on which phone to buy, let's call them "cell-phone agnostics" I would suggest going into a shop and asking the assistant to shut the hell up and leave you alone to play with it for a about half an hour.Try iPhone 4Try Evo 4Try WP7Whichever one ticks all the right boxes for you as a user then go right ahead and buy it, but for me an absolute minimum is being able to play my video content, preferably from removable/expandable media. Website have to be able to show Flash.At the moment for me an iPhone doesn't give me what I want so between Android and WP7 phones I am still open to persuasion.Wait, are you actually suggesting people go out and buy what fits their needs best rather than relying on strict brand loyalty or going with the herd? That just sounds so un-American... why do you hate America?
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