Microsoft to offer Windows Live service in Nokia devices

MUMBAI:Nokia and Microsoft Corp have come together to provide customers with a new suite of Windows Live services specifically designed for Nokia devices.

Nokia customers in 11 countries with compatible S60 devices can download the new suite, enabling access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts and Windows Live Spaces.

Starting next year, customers who purchase compatible Nokia Series 40 handsets will also have access to these popular Windows Live services.

Nokia and Microsoft are empowering the mobile lifestyle by providing mobile customers with easy access to their world of online relationships, information and interests. By enabling access to Windows Live services on both the Nokia S60 and Series 40 platforms using standard Web services protocols, the customers will have the power to seamlessly move between contacts, e-mail, messenger, phone calls, text messaging, camera, gallery and browsing, all in an integrated way.

"By taking advantage of the extensive and agile distribution network that Nokia has, we have the opportunity to bring the power of Windows Live services to Nokia devices, thus ensuring our customers can take their most important online information with them on the go," said Nokia Multimedia VP strategy and technology Jari Pasanen.

Nokia customers who own the Nokia N73, N80 Internet Edition, N95, N76 and the N93i can get the Windows Live services via the Download! application in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, U.K., Sweden, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Users can also check the availability of their country on the nokia website. Initially the service will be available as a free trial, and then customers in select markets wanting to continue using the service may be asked to pay a monthly fee.

"The availability of Windows Live services for Nokia‘s devices
demonstrates our commitment to delivering great mobile experiences and extending people‘s online lives -- taking them from the PC to the device," said Microsoft SVP online services business Steve Berkowitz.

"The alliance will enable a much broader group of consumers to experience the benefits Windows Live has to offer, easily connecting them to the information and people that matter most from virtually anywhere",added Berkowitz.

Today‘s announcement builds on the existing cooperation between Nokia and Microsoft, which integrated Microsoft‘s Live Search for Mobile into the Nokia Mobile Search application. Nokia also plans to extend this service onto the Series 40 platform to enhance the search experience across a greater range of devices.


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