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Microsoft has launched the mobile version of its Windows Live service, putting re-worked versions of its online services on cell phones.

The company said its Mobile.live.com service is no longer in beta and throws in features that early testers hadn't received.

The service adds Microsoft's Web 2.0 me-too Windows Live Home, Photos, Profile, People, and Spaces services to Hotmail and Messenger that were available on mobile.

Photos let you upload and share photos. Profile is a social networking service to share contact information with others. People is the contacts service that lets you initiate an email or phone call. And Spaces is Microsoft's blog platform.

A Windows Live SMS service has been promised for the first-half of 2009.

As ever with Microsoft, things are not quite so simple. The company's giving you a version of Mobilelive.com for your phone and for your PC.

Microsoft's was keen to stress that all you need to access Mobile.live.com is a browser and a data plan and that it doesn't require you to download any software.

The company's clearly going after users with cell phones not running Windows - the vast majority of the market. Also, Microsoft will have an eager eye on iPhone users.

The mobile services come as Microsoft convened its ultra secret Mobius conference. The event is billed as an invitation-only community of the world's most influential technology pundits and online writers.

According to the Mobius site: "The collective insights, opinions and influence of Mobius drives market trends, industry buzz, and the buying behavior of people worldwide. Mobians interact behind the scenes with companies big and small to shape the direction of devices, services, pricing, design and the culture of consumer technology."

Microsoft Watch's Mary Jo Foley flagged up heavily NDA'd conversations on a Windows Mobile roadmap and Mobius-branded Flip HD cameras. Also discussed was an apparent lack of support for mobile in the forthcoming Windows 7 desktop operating system. ®

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