Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) announced tie-up under which Microsoft-owned services such as Hotmail and Messenger will be available on Blackberry devices. The services are expected to be launched by the end of summer.
The services will initially include Blackberry models of 7000 and 8000 series alongwith Blackberry Bold.
Through this service, Blackberry users can use mobile push technology to send and synchronize their hotmail accounts, maintain and view HTML e-mails, including Web links, graphics and photos inside e-mails.
Apart from that, Blackberry users can also access messenger and can send IMs, join and save chats, send and receive pictures and many other functions.
RIM’s vice president of corporate marketing, Mark Guibert said, “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. Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones helps us build on that strategy for our customers.”
“Most business professionals also have a personal life, and this gives great access to consumer services,” Phil Holden, a Microsoft director for mobile services said.