Microsoft is finally stepping up to fix the backup of Windows Phone 7, as all Windows Phone 7 users are constantly at risk of losing their app data, game progress, text messages, preferences and what else.
"Sure, you can backup your phone before a firmware update, but not without hacks anytime else, and then you are still left with a massive 10 GB file taking up precious space on your laptop hard drive."
According to a job post, Microsoft is looking for a Software Development Engineer in Test - Windows Phone (775011) Job for Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team. The job post does not give anything else away of interest, except that this is for the next version of Windows Phone, which would presumably be either Tango 2 or Apollo, revealed WPMU.
"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," reads the job description.
In other Windows Phone 7 news, Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached the 50,000 apps submitted milestone, which according to AllAboutWindowsPhone was reached several days earlier than expected by the site. It took just over a year to get to 40,000 apps, but just 40 days to add the next 10,000 apps.According to the study, last four weeks has seen about 265 apps a day being submitted and approved by Microsoft for the marketplace. At the time of writing, 50,126 items have been published. Of these, 17,276 were added in the last 90 days and 8,010 were added in the last 30 days. These items come from 13,002 different publishers.
The web site speculates that the launch of Nokia's Lumia phones in Europe have also sparked the interest of app developers to make software for Windows Phone.