Tom Warren at Neowin has the skinny on 3 new cloud computing applications that Microsoft is planning to announce at the Mobile World Congress in February:
SkyBox is a service for users to sync a phones information with the web. Microsoft will be offering automatic backup and restore services, access and management of phone data and provide easy communication and sharing with others. The service will also allow syncing of contacts, email/SMS, calendar items and pictures into the cloud, similar to Apple’s MobileMe. The difference from Apple’s offering is Microsoft could be set to offer this out to non Windows Mobile devices.
SkyLine will be aimed at small businesses. Offering similar functionality to SkyBox, businesses will be able to setup their phones with Microsoft’s Exchange hosting with their own domain names.
SkyMarket is the codename for Microsoft’s mobile marketplace, a competitor to Apple’s AppStore and RIM’s Blackberry application center. This service will only be available on Windows Mobile devices and will showcase the 1000s of Windows Mobile applications available today.
SkyMarket was revealed back in August 2008 and yes, it is a bit of stretch to call an online store a cloud app.. The same sources also suggest that Microsoft will unveil Windows Mobile 6.5 at the same conference.