Microsoft and RIM jump into bed together, offer Windows Live services for BlackBerry phones

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blackberry-microsoft.jpgResearch In Motion has been extremely busy this balmy day, first announcing the Bold 9000 smartphone, and now a collaboration with Microsoft allowing for Windows Live services to be used on BlackBerry handsets.

Whilst BlackBerry phones have an IM service already, it’s rather limited as you can only talk with other BlackBerry owners. This new agreement between the two giants means BlackBerry users can enjoy MSN Messenger just like their HTC-owning friends. In addition, Live Hotmail push-email will now be offered in a dedicated inbox, and will be synchronised with the online account.

Available at the beginning of Summer, my money’s on the service debuting on the new Bold 9000 handset.

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Katherine Hannaford