RIM and Microsoft establish agreement to provide Windows Live services on BlackBerry devices.
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An agreement has been established between wireless solutions provider Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM (Rambus Inline Memory Module) See RDRAM. See also RIM. )(TSX:RIM) and software company Microsoft Corp (Nasdaq:MSFT) to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones, enabling BlackBerry users to benefit from easy mobile access to Windows Live Messenger Microsoft's instant messaging (IM) service, which provides text messaging, voice calling, file sharing and video phoning. Windows Live Messenger combines the previous MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger clients into one system under the Windows Live umbrella. and an improved level of integration between Windows Live Hotmail A Web-based e-mail service from Microsoft that is available free or paid based on message storage capacity. Formerly Windows Live Mail (for a short time), Windows Live Hotmail integrates all 250 million+ Hotmail users into one service under the Windows Live umbrella. and the BlackBerry platform.
The companies said Windows Live Hotmail for BlackBerry will allow customers to use BlackBerry 'push' technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronisation, ensuring the customer's online account is up-to-date with actions taken on their BlackBerry.
The agreement will also allow customers to use a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, which are automatically delivered to the smartphone. Customers can opt to receive Windows Live Hotmail messages, along with messages from other e-mail accounts, within one inbox on their BlackBerry device and will be able to view graphics, web links and contact photos in HTML e-mails.
Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry will enable users to send instant messages and join group chats; set status and see the presence of friends and colleagues within Windows Live Messenger or their contact cards; save conversations; customise status messages; showcase their avatar; send and receive pictures and files; and use over 60 emoticons.
According to RIM and Microsoft, Windows Live services for BlackBerry smartphones are due to be available starting this summer, with support for multiple languages. No pricing details were announced.
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