Microsoft, Nokia Launch Mobile Communications App
Microsoft and Nokia are launching Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices, a unified communications client that allows Nokia phone users to manage status updates, instant-messaging sessions, and calls directly through their devices' "Contacts" application. Microsoft's mobile productivity alliance with Nokia extends back to August 2009, when the companies announced a partnership that would see mobile versions of Microsoft Office applications preloaded onto Nokia smartphones, starting with the Nokia Eseries. Other mobile-productivity software is apparently in the pipeline.Microsoft and Nokia announced the launch of Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices, touted by both companies as the first release from their mobile-productivity alliance, on May 5. The application serves as a unified communications client that links an enterprise's communications systems, allowing users of Nokia Eseries smartphones to check on colleagues' availability and then communicate with them via e-mail, text, phone call or instant message. The application, which can be downloaded from Nokia's Ovi Store, is available for the Nokia E72 and E52, with support planned for additional devices including the E5. Status updates, instant-messaging sessions, and calls can all be managed through the phones' "Contacts" application.
"This application really provides a much more efficient way to work with others as you can see if someone is busy or available, and the best way to start a conversation with them," Ukko Lappalainen, vice president at Nokia, wrote in a May 5 statement. "It also meets all the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable."