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Microsoft and RIM make friends, Windows Live comes to BlackBerry

by Parm Mann on 12 May 2008, 16:42

Tags: Blackberry, RIM (TSE:RIM)

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Live Messenger, Live Hotmail and more coming to your BlackBerry soon

So, you liked the recently-announced and sexy-looking BlackBerry Bold did you? Well, there's even more good news for users of Microsoft's Windows Live services.

In addition to the unveiling of its new handset, RIM has announced an agreement with Microsoft that will bring Windows Live services to BlackBerry handsets later this summer.

The agreement will allow BlackBerry users to access popular Windows Live services such as Live Hotmail and Live Messenger. With Hotmail, BlackBerry customers will be able to use a dedicated inbox with push functionality. On Messenger, users will have PC-like functionality, providing the ability to send and receive instant messages, join group chats, set presence, and send or receive files.

Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at RIM, said:

"The BlackBerry platform is respected around the world for providing optimised messaging capabilities and RIM continues to look for ways to provide customers with a wide range of communications options and the best possible mobile experience."

"Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones helps us build on that strategy for our customers."

Related reading: RIM unveils the BlackBerry Bold



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