Phone backups coming to next version of Windows Phone

Phone backups coming to Windows Phone

A recent posting on Microsoft's jobs site reveals that phone backup and easy restore will be available in the next version of Windows Phone.  The post is for a Redmond-based Software Development Engineer to join Microsoft's Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team and reads:

Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery. Come be a part of defining this area.

This is exciting but perhaps not unexpected news for Windows Phone users, as there is currently no way to regularly back up your device unless you go the homebrew route.  And while the homebrew backup tool is great, this function is just something that should be built into the OS.  The posting does not go into detail, so it is unclear whether backups will be done solely using Zune on a local computer or if there will be a cloud component using Skydrive as well.  Either way, it's a welcome addition.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WMPU / MK for the tip


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Phone backups coming to next version of Windows Phone


That sounds pretty sweet. I hope just like iOS, it backs up user account info as well.

Its nice not having to enter all your account info in for every app after each wipe.

Much needed. Having to dowload everything every time you hardreset sucks. I wonder if game backups will be inclued. 

If they do it the same way zune does it, then its a complete system image... metadata and all. That really is the best way, a complete & exact image of the phone.

This really should have been included from day one! But I guess better late than never. Hunting down apps in the marketplace is a complete pain after a reset. The only saving grace is at least all contacts are saved on your live account.

I wonder what they mean by "next version"... Tango or WP8? I sure hope it's Tango! The soonest the better.

Tango is supposed to be coming in February  Apollo in June  I am hoping they could get it done by February but June is tad more realistic!

Oh, and I hope there will be options for what to backup, that way you can uncheck music and movies if you want it to backup faster. Or if it could backup the list of music but not the actual mp3 files it'd be great since all my music is already backed up on my PC.

Provided it doesn't take FOREVER like it does on the iPhone, I 'm down.  One of my favorite features of WP7 is how quick I can sync content in the morning.  Don't slow me down with a huge backup, MS!

Yea, but, you know Pimbackup was for WM6, 5 and before. Never mind tons of other ways to backup a WM device.
Nevermind we've been backing up windows computers from Windows 3.1.
If anything, Microsoft invented backup...(well the computer software "TO" backup.
Anyway, I agree this is needed, a image/sector by sector is prefered.

I'm hoping that MMS & SMS messages will be threaded as well. As Messaging is quickly becoming a convenient and de facto way of communicating, even for businesses, having a back up for documentation purposes seems integral. Can't believe Windows Phone 7 had regressed behind WinMo 6.5 (ala MyPhone) when it comes to this. I have to wait to migrate to 2nd Gen devices until this is provided.

Huh? I don't know what phone you're using, but Mms and SMS messages are threaded on every Windows Phone device I've seen.

Windows Phone Connector for MAC allows me to backup my phone at will. They may be talking about Zune software as "next version"
You are only allowed one backup though ( each one overwrites the other) but that is ok, i can find the file using the mac command line and change the name and save it somewhere else so I can have backups every month

i am sure they felt they had ~2 years before running into many people upgrading...and that was why it wasn't included from the start.  I would expect this to be integrated by the summer because at that point you will get your 1st generation people upgrading as contracts expire / reach the early upgrade point.