Microsoft, Nokia Sign Windows Live Deal

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-08-22 Print this article Print

A Windows Live trial service for Nokia S60 phone owners will initially be free, but customers may then have to pay to continue using the suite.

Nokia and Microsoft have penned a deal that allows customers in 11 countries with compatible Nokia S60 phones to access a suite of Windows Live services specifically designed for those devices. Those customers will be able to download the new suite Aug. 22, giving them access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts and Windows Live Spaces. But the software is currently only available to Nokia customers in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who have Nokia N73, N80 Internet Edition, N95, N76 or N93i phones.
Click here to read about the three Windows Live mobile services that Microsoft debuted earlier in 2007.
While additional countries will be added over the next year, Matt Champagne, director of mobile product management for Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., declined to be more specific. Microsoft is also in initial discussions with a number of other operators around the world, he said, noting that the deal was not exclusive to Nokia. "These services were built on top of industry-standard Web services protocols and open APIs that allow access to the Windows Live services and can be leveraged by developers wishing to build similar services," he said. Also, starting in 2008, customers who buy compatible Nokia Series 40 handsets will also have access to these Windows Live services, enabling them to move in an integrated way between contacts, e-mail, messenger, phone calls, text messaging, camera, gallery and browsing, he said. But there is a catch: While the service will initially be available as a free trial, "Later this year customers may receive a notification that they will have to pay to continue using the service and, at that stage, they can choose to do so, or not," Champagne told eWEEK. "If customers decide to pay, this will cost them around two Euros a month in addition to the data charges, including roaming fees," he said. To read about Nokias decision to offer Live Search, click here. This latest deal builds on the existing relationship between Microsoft and Nokia, which has already integrated Microsofts Live Search for Mobile into the Nokia Mobile Search application, said Jari Pasanen, vice president of strategy and technology for Nokia Multimedia, based in Helsinki, Finland. Nokia also plans to extend this service onto the Series 40 platform to enhance the search experience across a greater range of devices, Pasanen said. "By taking advantage of the extensive and agile distribution network that Nokia has, we have the opportunity to bring the power of Windows Live services to Nokia devices, ensuring that our customers can take their most important online information with them on the go," Pasanen said. Microsoft is still figuring out its Windows Live strategy. Click here to read more. Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of Microsofts Online Services Business, said the alliance would let a broader group of consumers experience the benefits of Windows Live, which he said consist of easily connecting them to the information and people that matter most from virtually anywhere. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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