New handsets and online app store from Windows

Microsoft has just announced the availability of a new range of phones around the world, not to mention the Windows Marketplace and My Phone service.

Microsoft Australia confirmed this morning that the HTC Diamond2 will launch here in Australia with Telstra from today and additional Windows models will launch later this year.

In addition to this, Microsoft also unveiled two new services that allow users to access a variety of online applications and back up their device.

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile, is launching today and allows Windows Mobile customers to purchase mobile applications for their device. According to Microsoft this new service will create an opportunity for developers to reach millions of people around the world.

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile will be available with all new Windows phones and by the end of the year it will be available on all phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1.

Also launching today is the My Phone service which is designed to back up all the information stored on your mobile phone. The software automatically synchronises the details you choose, whether it be contacts, appointments, texts or photos.

All the information is then stored on a password-protected web site where it can be accessed and restored to your phone if it is lost or damaged.

The service is available now on all Windows phones running on Windows Mobile 6.5. Users with Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 can download the service at http://myphone.microsoft.com.

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