Windows Live arrives on Nokia phones
Nokia mobile phone owners will be given access to a raft of Microsoft’s Live services as part of a new partnership between the two companies.
The suite of mobile software includes Hotmail, Messenger, Live Contacts and Live Spaces and will initially be available to owners of theNokia S60 range. The company plans to roll the Live services out to Series 40 users later in the year.
Microsoft says the suite has been specifically tailored for Nokia devices.
The initial trial will cover 11 European and Middle Eastern countries, including the UK, with more countries being targeted later in the year. The service will begin as a free trial, although Nokia ominously states that “customers in select markets wishing to continue using the service may be asked to pay a monthly fee.”
The deal follows a similar tie up between Apple and Google which saw the search giant bring its search and Maps applications to the iPhone.
“The alliance will enable a much broader group of consumers to experience the benefits Windows Live has to offer, easily connecting them to the information and people that matter most from virtually anywhere,” says Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Business from Microsoft.