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
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"
"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."
mobile productivity alliance with Nokia extends back to August 2009
the companies announced a partnership that would see mobile versions of
Microsoft Office applications pre-loaded onto Nokia smartphones, starting with
the Nokia Eseries. At the time of the announcement, the companies' executives
insisted that the partnership would in no way blunt competition between their
respective smartphone operating systems.
Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft Business Division,
referred to the partnership as "a long-term relationship for enterprise-grade
solutions for mobile productivity." Plans included not only a cross-platform
deal for a mobile version of Office, but also management and collaboration
software such as Microsoft Sharepoint. In addition, Nokia has been working to
optimize Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for its devices, allowing more
streamlined direct access to email and personal information.
A May 5 press release issued by both companies alludes to
more "new solutions" currently in development under the alliance.
"Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office
productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones
around the world," Kirt Debique, General Manager at Microsoft, wrote in a May 5
statement. "With the arrival of Communicator Mobile for Nokia today, we have a
great start to fulfilling our joint vision."