Microsoft has thanked users of the Sidekick handset for their patience after the recent data loss incident, and promised that their content will soon be recovered.
A server error earlier this month caused the wiping of personal information and content from the devices, meaning that users, who are mostly in the US, lost many of their photos, messages and contact information.
The negative publicity surrounding the security of cloud computing was immense. T-Mobile withdrew the Sidekick from sale, lawsuits were launched and the finger of shame was pointed at companies from Microsoft to Oracle.
Microsoft has now said that it is ready to start restoring the lost content to Sidekick users.
"The Danger/Microsoft team continues to work around the clock and has completed its latest round of rigorous tests. We are now ready to make the first phase of the content restoration process available to you, starting with personal contacts," the firm said in a statement.
Users who log on to the My T-Mobile web site will now find a recovery tool, which will let them back up their content dating from 1 October.
"We continue to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to restore your data. We are making solid progress on the next phase in this restoration process, including your photographs, notes, to-do lists, marketplace data and high scores. We appreciate your ongoing patience," the Microsoft statement added.
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