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Windows Mobile 6.x My Phone Service to be Discontinued Soon

June 9, 2011 No Comments

Just like the millions of people that are hanging on to Windows XP, There’s a good amount of users still running around with Windows Mobile Phones. Soon though they might finally have to start thinking of upgrading. On July 7th, Microsoft will be shutting down those services for Windows Mobile 6.x  used to back up pretty much everything to the cloud.

This is a great time to upgrade to Windows Phone especially that Microsoft is selling them off for a penny.

Microsoft’s Letter to Customers

Introduction
Microsoft is discontinuing the Microsoft My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x. The following article provides a timeline for the service shutdown and guidance for users regarding their data stored to the My Phone service.

Summary

On 7 August, 2011, the Microsoft My Phone service will stop synchronising data between My Phone-configured Windows Mobile 6.x phones and the My Phone service: User data will stop being backed up to the My Phone service. On this date, Microsoft will begin automatic migration of certain data types from the My Phone service to Windows Live SkyDrive.

On 6 October, 2011, the My Phone web site will no longer be available. On this date, users will no longer be able to access the data stored from their Windows Mobile 6.x phones to the My Phone service.

Schedule Summary:

Shutdown Milestone

My Phone back-ups stop:  7 August, 2011
My Phone web site closes:  6 October, 2011

Data Migration Overview
On 7 August, 2011, Microsoft will begin automaticmigration of users’ contacts, calendar entries, SMS messages and photos from the My Phone service to Windows Live SkyDrive. Both current and archived content will bemigrated.

Users will receive a confirmation email from Microsoft indicating that their data has been transferred to Windows Live SkyDrive. Users can then log in to Windows Live SkyDrive with the Windows Live ID they used to register for the My Phone service to review, retrieve or use their data transferred from the My Phone service

Certain content types stored to the My Phone service will not be migrated to Windows Live SkyDrive on the user’s behalf, including videos, music, documents and browser favourites. Neither current nor archived content of these types will be migrated. If users wish to retain this content, they must download it themselves prior to 6 October, 2011.


Content Migrated to Sky Drive For My Phone Users:

  • Contacts (csv)
  • Calendar items (ics)
  • Photos (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tif, fit, wbmp, bmp, opl, n3a, ota)

Content My Phone Users Must Archive Themselves:

  • Videos (3pg, 3gpp, mp4, avi, wmv, mpg, mpeg)
  • Music (mp3, aif, mid, amr, aac, au, awb, dm, m4a,midi, mp1, mp2, mpa, ogg, ram, rng, wav, wma, wve)
  • Documents (doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, pdf, txt, 1sp, rtf, html, htm, cab, pwi, wks, wps, wdb)
  • Favourites (url)
  • Tasks

Source: Microsoft

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