We've already assumed that much of the next step for Windows Mobile will be to sync personal data—not just contacts, calendar entries and tasks, but text messages, photos and even video—to a secure website. The three purposes are:
• Backup and restore stuff if your phone is lost or smashed all to bits, and use the same to migrate to a new phone.
• Add data and media to your phone via a web interface.
• Use your phone to share stuff over the web to people you like.
Microsoft says it won't be charging a fee for the service, and they'll be sharing details of a limited invite-only beta at the Mobile World Congress this month.
Some more interesting details:
• It has a 200MB cap, so it won't sync anything after you fill that up.
• If you sync contacts and calendar to Exchange Server, it won't sync that data to My Phone, but can still do the rest. Ditto for Windows Live—non-Live contacts will be saved on My Phone.
• It will only run on Windows Mobile 6.x (which should be obvious).
• Syncing occurs between 11pm and 5am, unless you force a manual sync.
There's no mention yet of syncing ringtones and apps, apparently something on track for the v2 of My Phone, formerly known as SkyBox. [My Phone Beta]