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Hope there isn't too much moaning and groaning below, but I am having doubts about moving to Windows Phone.


I've been hanging onto my old Windows Mobile 6.5 Touch Pro 2 until the second gen of Windows Phones came out. That time is upon us. Problem is, I'm a bit PO'd at Microsoft for they way they treated us Windows Mobile users by discontinuing MyPhone for Winmobile back in September when they were still selling Windows Mobile 6.5 phones less than a year before. I don't know if this was an attempt to force people onto Windows Phone or just incompetence, but it doesn't inspire confidence that at some point Microsoft will decide you can no longer sync your contacts, etc to Windows Live..


On top of that, I recently installed Outlook 2010 onto my laptop after getting my Technet subscription. Worked well, but realized I hadn't synced the phone to Outlook in a few weeks to get the phone and laptop in sync, esp. after Microsoft stopped the cloud backups. Installed Windows Mobile Device Center, hooked up via bluetooth and wouldn't sync. However it did wipe the contacts off my phone. After looking on support forums, I discovered that Outlook 2010 just doesn't work with Windows Mobile Device Center and Microsoft is not going to fix it. Gee, Thanks Microsoft. Had to find the most recent phone backup and restore it, along with all the tweaking of contacts I had done before.


So now, I'm having second thoughts about relying on Microsoft for cloud backup of the phone data. I also read that you are limited to restoring from the original computer you synced with. Also, I read somewhere that you lose your sms messages.


Does anyone know of any software that allows backing everything up to WHS? I'm thinking of something like hooking the phone up as a client pc to WHS so if gets automatically backed up. I imagine this is a non-trivial solution, but it seems like there would be a good market for such a feature.



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Whether or not it can be done, there isn't a whole lot of reason to. Windows Phone 7 has no concept of local storage, everything it does has to be synced to an online service. It can be Windows Live, Exchange, Gmail, etc... but in order to create a contact, you have to create it as part of an account that the contact then gets synced back to. Documents have to exist either on Skydrive or a Sharepoint server. The only content that a phone can generate that isn't automatically uploaded is pictures and video from the camera. Those are typically automatically synced back to a computer whenever you connect. This can be either direct-wired to the computer or via WiFi if you have it set up and the phone is plugged into an external power source.


I hadn't thought of this before, but SMS messages do not get backed up in any fashion. I think this was never thought of as an issue since most people end up deleting their text messages over time anyways. A full image backup of the phone does get made whenever the OS is updated, but I'm not sure if it's possible to extract files out of that backup, or if it can even be restored to a phone that's not the phone the backup was made from. Those backups are stored locally on the computer that was used for the update, so it's the only place that they can be used.

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Thanks for the reply. I guess it's even less non-trivial than I thought :)


Interestingly, the old Windows Mobile MyPhone did back up sms. So, I suppose MS could do it, which, considering their advertising Mango conversation style messaging, they should. If you go back to reconstruct a conversation, you could be missing parts of it.


So how hard would it be to set up Exchange Server in a VM for someone who's never fooled with Exchange before? :)



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So how hard would it be to set up Exchange Server in a VM for someone who's never fooled with Exchange before? :)


check out Office 365 its 6 bucks a seat a month, thats less than the cost of advil trying to keep exchange running on the vm :)


you get exchange,sharepoint and alot more but no advil

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check out Office 365 its 6 bucks a seat a month, thats less than the cost of advil trying to keep exchange running on the vm :)


you get exchange,sharepoint and alot more but no advil

But, I like Advil :D

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