What's New with Microsoft My Phone

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Coinciding with Tuesday’s launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 phones and software, the Microsoft My Phone service also left its beta version and went live. In addition to its previously offered features like the ability to backup your personal data and organize it via the web, the now commercially available service introduced some new, (although expected) features, too.

As of now, you can use the My Phone service to share your photos directly to social networks and photo-sharing sites like Facebook, Windows Live, MySpace and flickr either using the My Phone online portal or by using your phone itself.

You can also tap into your phone’s GPS to help you find your lost or stolen handset. The My Phone service will display your phone’s last known location on a map. However, this feature isn’t enabled by default – you need to turn it on. To do so, select "Send phone location" in your phone's My Phone settings.

Finally, My Phone introduced some premium features for paying users. But for a limited time, you can try them for free. These include the ability to lock your phone remotely, post a message on your phone from the web, or remotely wipe all your personal data from the device. (All phones should offer this sort of protection! It’s amazing the sensitive data our mobile devices contain these days.)

To learn more, you can visit https://myphone.microsoft.com.

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