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Windows Live services coming to BlackBerry’s later this year

BlackBerry users will soon have easy access to Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail, courtesy of a new collaboration announced by RIM and Microsoft.

Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing at RIM, said “the BlackBerry platform is respected around the world for providing optimized messaging capabilities and RIM continues to look for ways to provide customers with a wide range of communications options and the best possible mobile experience”

“Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones helps us build on that strategy for our customers.”

Windows Live Hotmail for BlackBerry will allow customers to:

  • Use BlackBerry ‘push’ technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronization so the customers’ online account is up-to-date with actions taken on their BlackBerry smartphone
  • Use a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, which are automatically delivered to the smartphone. Customers can also choose to receive their Windows Live Hotmail messages, along with messages from other e-mail accounts, within a single inbox on their BlackBerry smartphone
  • Display HTML e-mail with the ability to view graphics, Web links, and contact photos in emails

Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry will allow customers to:

  • Send instant messages and join group chats
  • Set status and see the presence of friends and colleagues within Windows Live Messenger or their contact cards
  • Customize status messages
  • Save conversations
  • Showcase their Display Picture (Avatar)
  • Send and receive pictures and files
  • Use more than 60 emoticons

Look for these new services to be available sometime this summery.

Check out the full press release here if you’re interested.

[Via Download Squad]

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