Windows Phone 8 to feature improved backup functionality and cloud restore

Microsoft is planning to improve Windows Phone backup, migrate and restore functionality in the next version of Windows Phone.

The software giant is currently hiring system engineers to help create the new backup system, according to a recent job posting. The listing, spotted by WMPU, includes hints at an easy way for Windows Phone users to “seamlessly get their phone back to a good state.” Microsoft details its vision to see the company stay head of the competition for disaster recovery of mobile phones:

“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.”

The current state of Windows Phone backup is rather lacking. Microsoft’s Zune client includes the functionality to backup and restore devices fully but the feature is only triggered during device updates. A number of Windows Phone developers have created third-party applications to trigger the feature and create independent backups but Microsoft does not officially support this just yet. However, Microsoft has shipped a backup and restore feature as part of its Windows Phone Connector for Mac. The Mac client allows Windows Phone users to hit a button to simply backup the device or restore it based on the latest backup.

Microsoft’s future backup plans will likely tie-in to the next major Windows Phone update, codenamed Apollo. It’s clear from the job posting that the company wants the experience to be seamless to end users in future. The company will likely utilize its Windows Live cloud storage to support backups of data and applications for Windows Phone users. Microsoft has already started seeking customer feedback for its Windows Phone future releases. The software giant is curating feedback from end users to record the most requested features for future versions of Windows Phone. The feedback is recorded and publicly viewable for others to rate and comment on over at Microsoft’s suggestions forum. Top requests include enable all (bing)features for non US-countriesDevice Backup and Turn-by-turn GPS.


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About Prashant Tiwari

Microsoft Student Partner India

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