Microsoft and Nokia release new communication app
Free software takes mobile approach to employee communication
Microsoft and Nokia have released a new communications software that connects directly with a company's network for mobile collaboration.
Both firms entered into a global alliance last August to collaborate on the design, development and marketing of mobile productivity solutions. The first product from their alliance is the Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices that lets people see their colleagues' status and communicate with them via IM, e-mail, SMS or a voice call.
Names and statuses of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices' contacts application, which means that users can update their presence, start and join IM sessions and initiate calls directly from the contact card.
"Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones around the world," says Kirt Debique, GM at Microsoft. "With the arrival of Communicator Mobile for Nokia today, we have a great start to fulfilling our joint vision."
The application is available for Nokia E72 and Nokia E52 presently, though Nokia plans to have it work on additional devices such as the new E5 model, and pre-install it on future smartphones.
Eseries owners can download an English version of the Microsoft Communicator Mobile through Nokia's Ovi Store.