Nokia teams with Microsoft for Windows Live apps on smartphones

Mobile phones

n95-microsoft.jpgUntil recently, Nokia and Microsoft have been fierce competitors in the smartphone market, certainly in terms of their rival operating systems (Series 60 vs Windows Mobile). However, that rivalry is shifting to something friendlier, and fast.

See, just a couple of weeks after Nokia announced plans to put Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM inside its Series 60 handsets, it’s now revealed that it’s also going to preload Windows Live applications like Hotmail, Messenger, Contacts and Spaces on its smartphones, with Series 40 devices to follow next year.

They say they’re “empowering the mobile lifestyle”, but I wonder what’s behind this new spirit of collaboration between Microsoft and Nokia. Of course, it makes absolute sense for Microsoft to want to distribute its Windows Live apps to as many different handsets as possible, rather than shun the world’s largest handset manufacturer just because it makes a rival OS to Windows Mobile.

If you’ve got an N73, N76, N80 Internet Edition, N93i or N95, you can get the Windows Live apps now via your phone’s Download application.

Nokia / Windows Live website

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Stuart Dredge
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