During the Microsoft press event in New York on October 11, Microsoft made a lot of people happy when they announced that Windows Phone 7 OS will offer free Windows Live integrated services. The service is definitely a better alternative to Apple’s MobileMe Service.
Chris Jones, Microsoft VP for Windows Live engineering team explained in his official blog post
“Windows Phone 7 is the first device designed from the ground up with Windows Live in mind. By entering your Windows Live ID when you set up your Windows Phone 7 device, it will automatically connect to Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and other Windows Live services.”
Unlike Apple that charges $99 a year for its MobileMe service which lets iPhone owners sync email, documents and locate their lost phone, Windows Live will be totally free for all Windows Phone 7 handset owners!
You can sync your email, calendar, and contacts via Hotmail through the courtesy of Exchange ActiveSync. Since Windows Phone 7 OS will support multiple ActiveSync connections, you can connect to your Exchange server at home and at the office to view all your email, calendar, and contacts list right on your phone.
The People Hub on Windows Phone 7 also integrates social updates and feeds from Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. Jones said the next Windows Phone 7 update will include support for Twitter. Aside from this, expect this software to fully support Microsoft OneNote and SkyDrive. OneNote on the Windows Phone 7 smart phone will support picture and video notations should you don’t like typing to-do lists!
Just like Apple’s MobileMe service, Windows Phone 7 will also get the free phone-location service should your WP7 handsets get lost or stolen. This free service might just force Apple to offer MobileMe for free or reduce the price for their iPhone subscribers.