Nokia, Microsoft launch new mobile software

HELSINKI Wed May 5, 2010 3:02am EDT

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia and Microsoft unveiled on Wednesday the first result of their new software collaboration aimed at breaking the dominance of Research in Motion's BlackBerry in wireless services for corporations.

Nokia and Microsoft, at one time fierce rivals in the mobile telecommunications business, announced the alliance in August 2009. They expect to offer Nokia phones running Microsoft's Office programs later this year.

On Wednesday the companies unveiled Communicator Mobile software, which enables people to see their colleagues' availability, and click to communicate with them using instant messenger, e-mail, text or phone call.

The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly in the devices' contacts application. Owners of Nokia E52 and E72 models can download it as of today from Nokia's Ovi Store.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki)

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ACthegreatP wrote:
:) wow that means something, this collaborations will soon start apple guys feel insecure, I have an interesting article on my blog about Nokia’s software platforms

May 05, 2010 5:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
westrajc wrote:
Sorry Microsoft & Nokia; “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” I just suffered through a year and a half of Windows Mobile 6.x HELL! There is no way in hell I’m going to give Microsoft another chance with a mobile platform. I am not the ecstatic owner of a Droid Incredible. The Android 2.x OS and HTC hardware ROCK! The applications are fantastic and the functionality Microsoft and Nokia are touting is already available via applications like, Skype Mobile, etc. As the number of Android applications increase and the OS itself gets even better, I doubt anything short of a revolutionary 3D Holographic Augmented Reality interface would get me to consider anything other than Android for the foreseeable future!

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