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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Microsoft Announces Windows Live for Windows Mobile

Posted by Darius Wey in "SOFTWARE" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...veMobilePR.mspx



With Windows Mobile 6 no longer a secret, Microsoft saw it fit to make Windows Live for Windows Mobile official today. Alongside Live Search, which we posted on earlier, there is Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Spaces, which are available as applications and plug-ins in Windows Mobile 6, and also web-based services accessible from almost any Windows Mobile-based device. A portion of the official press release can be found after the break.

"Windows Live for Windows Mobile will provide customers with a rich set of Windows Live services, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile software. Windows Mobile powered devices, with their advanced software, processing power and memory, make ideal platforms for the delivery of Windows Live services. Windows Live for Windows Mobile offers one of the first industry examples of a single integrated and presence-enabled contact list on a mobile device. One consolidated list provides customers with easy access to all their Windows Live, Microsoft Office Outlook® and other contacts, as well as relevant presence information. Customers using Windows Live for Windows Mobile will enjoy the following:

• Windows Live Messenger. Windows Live Messenger for mobile helps customers stay connected to the people who matter to them most while they are on the go. All the things customers love about Windows Live Messenger on the PC — a presence-enabled contact list, dozens of emoticons, instant access to friends — is available on their mobile phone. On Windows Mobile powered devices, Windows Live offers customers brilliant new ways to connect and share with friends, including the power to send messages via voice as well as text, join multiparty chats, see friends’ display tiles, and send and receive files, including personal photos.*

• Windows Live Mail. Microsoft’s e-mail service for mobile devices allows consumers to manage their Windows Live Mail or Hotmail® account while on the go. Using the power of Windows Mobile 6 software, consumers now get all the richness of HTML to view graphics, Web links and more in their e-mail messages. New e-mail technology sends new e-mail messages automatically to mobile devices, so customers can trust that their inbox is always up to date.

• Live Search. Live Search brings customers an expansive mobile search experience so they can quickly and efficiently search the Web for news, local businesses and entertainment, directions, maps, images, and more. Results display in easy-to-read categories and include click-to-call capabilities and Instant Answers for easy access to information on a mobile device.

• Windows Live Spaces. With Windows Live Spaces for mobile, Microsoft’s global blogging and photo service for mobile devices, customers can stay connected to their communities while on the move. With Windows Live Spaces on Windows Mobile powered devices, customers can access links to friends’ spaces within contact cards and can send photos and videos directly to their space from their mobile device.

Windows Live for Windows Mobile also offers value and opportunity for the mobile industry. Windows Live for Windows Mobile enables operators and OEMs to differentiate their products in the marketplace by offering customers new, innovative services while helping to minimize the time to market and certification costs for operator partners. The product was designed and tested with mobile operators in mind and is immediately available for launch.

Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Live as a platform and is enabling development opportunities with open application programming interfaces and a robust partner and developer program. The Windows Live Developer Program for Mobile now supports the development tools for independent software vendors (ISVs) to create applications such as Windows Live for Windows Mobile. The developer program provides software development kits, testing guidelines and support to ISVs to develop Windows Live for mobile solutions for Windows Mobile, Java, Symbian and Palm devices, and deploy them with mobile operators. Developers who are interested in joining the Windows Live Developer Program for Mobile should contact [email]bizdesk@microsoft.com[/email]."

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