Microsoft seems all set to spruce up its mobile services offering in the upcoming Mobile World Congress at Barcelona next month, according to sources. The company is reportedly following Apple’s mobile suite by unleashing mobile iteration of its Live Mesh services, and launch various services along the same line.
Reports have suggested that the software giant will release three mobile services at the imminent mobile fest and the services include - SkyLine to synchronize handset’s data with the internet, SkyBox to align mobile phones with Microsoft Exchange Servers, and a SkyMarket marketplace for mobile handsets.
The company is taking on Apple’s MobileMe application with its SkyBox, which will enable users syncing phone’s information, such as contacts, emails, calendar, SMS, videos etc, with the cloud server along with the backup and restoring capabilities.
In addition, SkyMarket, which seems to be a replica of Apple’s App Store, will be marketed as third party content selling marketplace, and its SkyLine application is the business iteration of its SkyBox that will provide hosting support and synchronize data with Microsoft’s Exchange servers.
Meanwhile, the reports also suggested that Microsoft would also update its Windows Mobile 6.5 version, but the launch Windows 7 versions hasn’t been confirmed yet.
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Microsoft has probably worked out that it is currently at the bottom of the basket, behind the likes of Palm, Apple and Android, when it comes to the latest technology. It is becoming painfully obvious that Windows Mobile is lacking some of the oomph and the finesse of its immediate competitor and that can only mean slumping marketshare in a booming segment. Not good.