Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have tied up to provide Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones, giving customers mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and facilitating integration between Windows Live Hotmail and the BlackBerry platform.
Customers can seamlessly access their Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger account from their BlackBerry smartphone by simply entering their e-mail address and password once.
“The BlackBerry platform is respected around the world for providing optimized 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,” said Mark Guibert, vice president, Corporate Marketing at RIM. “Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones help us build on that strategy for our customers.”
Windows Live Hotmail for BlackBerry will allow customers to use BlackBerry push technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronization. Windows Live Hotmail messages, will be automatically delivered to a dedicated inbox on the smartphone. Customers can also choose to receive their Windows Live Hotmail messages, along with messages from other e-mail accounts, within a single inbox on their BlackBerry.
Customers will be able 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, customize status messages, save conversations, showcase their display picture (Avatar), send and receive pictures and files and use emoticons.
“Over 430 million people around the world rely on Windows Live to stay in touch,” said Brian Arbogast, vice president of the Mobile Services organization at Microsoft. “Our collaboration with RIM will enable BlackBerry smartphone customers to take full advantage of Windows Live, whether at work or on the go.”
Windows Live services for BlackBerry smartphones are expected to be available beginning this summer with support for multiple languages.