Nokia lets Microsoft do the talking


23 Aug 2007

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Industry giants Microsoft and Nokia have joined forces to bring Windows Live (WL) services: WL Hotmail, Messenger, Contacts and Spaces to Nokia customers in 11 different countries worldwide.

Nokia customers with the compatible S60 handset will be able to download this suite of Windows Live applications beginning today.

Microsoft said that the Series 40 from Nokia will be able to access these services also, but starting from next year.

Only users living in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, U.K., Sweden, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are covered by this deal, leaving Irish Nokia customers unable to avail of this service for now.

“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 Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of Online Services Business at Microsoft.

Although the service is currently available as a free trial, Microsoft is looking into introducing a monthly fee for certain markets.

MSN Messenger is already available for many networks and handsets through http://mobile.msn.com.

By Marie Boran

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