As we look at our customers today its clear that almost all of the folks that use our services on the mobile phone first started to use them on a PC, be that messenger, hotmail, spaces etc. As they started to rely on the services they started to use them on the mobile phone. They can sign-in using the same account, with the same contact store and it just worked on the mobile phone like it should. For countries where the PC is the primary computing device that’s great, however for folks that don’t have access to a PC everyday, often going days without a visit to an Internet Cafe they were out of luck. Not much point in creating an email account when you could only get to it once every week, stick with sms as your primary way to chat with your friends.
Now with help from the Live ID team we are hopefully going to resolve that now that we have the ability to sign-up for a new Live ID completely from the mobile phone. The process has been designed to be as easy as it can, while still offering a secure sign-up. Its a simple three step process, you can see the simplified inputs that we now ask below to create an account. The service has been designed to work with the built in mobile browser that comes with your phone and all folks need is a data plan to get started. Its going to be available in 33 languages and about 70 different countries so hopefully we have the availability we need.
The service can be accessed via your mobile phone from
- Go directly to the account creation: https://mid.live.com/reg
- Go to http://mobile.live.com, find service like hotmail, and select “Get a Windows Live ID”
Source: Phil Holden’s Windows Live Blog