Microsoft to launch mobile storage service

IDG news service reports Microsoft is to launch a service to enable Windows Mobile users to synchronise information between their phone and the web.

My Phone will provide storage for photos, videos, text messages and diary items, allowing users to share their data with others or use the service as a way to back up information on their phone.

Microsoft will give more details about My Phone at next week's Mobile World Congress. Initially the service will be available to a limited, invitation-only beta version,

Microsoft already has Live Mesh, which lets people upload photos and other information to a web page and access the data from a mobile phone. It is thought that My Phone is different because it automatically synchs an array of information from phones.

Also, IDG says, anyone with a phone and a browser can use Live Mesh, while My Phone will be limited to people using phones with Windows Mobile 6.