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Microsoft technology powers Google mobile sync tool

Google Sync is now compatible with the iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia S60 and other Windows Mobile devices

A landmark licensing agreement with Microsoft is responsible for Google’s free mobile Sync service that allows smartphones to access and update Google calendar and contact information wirelessly.

Compatible with both iPhone and Windows Mobile-driven devices, the beta tool is an extension of the original Google Sync service that was made available to BlackBerry users last year.

Implementing the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol on Google servers is a move that Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Microsoft, describes as “a clear acknowledgement of the innovation taking place at Microsoft.”

“This agreement is also a great example of Microsoft’ s openness to generally license our patents under fair and reasonable terms so long as licensees respect Microsoft intellectual property,” Gutierrez added.

The recent expansion of the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Licensing Program is part of Microsoft’s IP licensing policy that’s seen 500 agreements signed over the last five years and partners that include Apple, Nokia, Samsung and several others.

Mobile synchronisation and other phone services have been making headlines as companies prepare for the 2009 GSMA Mobile World Congress that will kick off next week.

Just a few days ago, Microsoft announced plans for its own mobile synchronisation service – My Phone. It allows users to back up phone contacts, appointments, tasks, text messages and photographs to a password-protected account online.

Microsoft’s offering however will be limited to phones using Windows Mobile 6 can’t synchronise contacts or appointments for devices with an active connection to Microsoft Exchange server.

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