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Microsoft Brings Windows Live To Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Senior Vice President of mobile communications, Andy Lees, has confirmed at the company's annual Worldwide Partnership conference that it would roll out Windows Phone Live as a free online service ahead of the release later this year of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

One of the most interesting features is the ability to wipe a handset if it is stolen or lost (like the just announced Blackberry's Protect) while a raft of content - including photos, contacts, calendars and documents - can be synced in the cloud thanks to 25GB worth of online storage courtesy of SkyDrive, Microsoft's online drive.

Five languages will be supported at launch by Windows Phone 7 - English, Spanish, German, French and Italian. 17 countries will be able to buy and sell applications on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Interestingly, India is the only BRIC country in the list.

Microsoft already has a Windows Live for Mobile website here (opens in new tab) which caters for a variety of smartphones (excluding Android ones). We're not sure whether the WLM site will survive as a separate strand or whether it will be merged with the Windows Phone Live service at some point.

Some analysts have already noted the similarities between Windows Phone Line and the Kin Studio. Apple already offers something along the same lines for the iPhone, Mobileme, although this exists only as a yearly subscription.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.