Windows Live Services to come on BlackBerry Smartphones

BlackBerry Smartphone, Windows Logo Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have entered into a partnership that aims at Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones. As a result BlackBerry smartphone users will enjoy easy mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and an enhanced level of integration between Windows Live Hotmail.

By just entering the Windows Live e-mail address and password once, users will be able to access their Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger account from their BlackBerry.

“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.”

Apart from Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail access, the partnership between two companies will also deliver other features such as a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, Customize status messages and use of more than 60 emoticons.

Some of the other features to be offered to BlackBerry owners are:

  • Use BlackBerry “push” technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronization so customers’ online account is up to date with actions taken on their BlackBerry smartphone
  • Use a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, which are automatically delivered to 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 smartphone
  • Display HTML e-mail with the ability to view graphics, Web links and contact photos in e-mails
  • Sending instant messages and join group chats
  • Setting status and see the presence of friends and colleagues within Windows Live Messenger or their contact cards
  • Saving conversations
  • Showcasing their Display Picture (Avatar)
  • Sending and receiving pictures and files
  • “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.”

    The Windows Live services for BlackBerry smartphones is expected to be available by summer with support for multiple languages.