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Microsoft Communicator Mobile Debuts as Product of First Microsoft-Nokia Alliance

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May 06, 2010

Microsoft Communicator Mobile Debuts as Product of First Microsoft-Nokia Alliance

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor


Today's business environment is characterized by international presence and globally dispersed teams.

This creates the need for workers to stay in constant touch with each other. As such, Microsoft and Nokia (News - Alert) teamed up to develop a solution that would enhance corporations' communication systems: Microsoft (News - Alert) Communicator Mobile for Nokia.


This new unified communications client connects directly with a company's communications systems and helps streamline mobile collaboration.

"Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones around the world. With the arrival of Communicator Mobile for Nokia today, we have a great start to fulfilling our joint vision," said Kirt Debique, the General Manager at Microsoft.

Nokia and Microsoft announced the formation of alliance last August and Microsoft Communicator is the first product that was born out of the alliance. This is a first such alliance between the two global giants. Since then, the two companies have been collaborating on the design and development of new solutions, as well as embarking on joint marketing efforts around others they already share.

Communicator Mobile helps in the team collaboration in a number of ways.

It helps workers to see their colleagues' availability, and click to communicate with them using the method of his/her choice that may range from IM to email, text to phone call.

The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices' contacts application---this enables people to update their own presence, start and join instant messaging sessions, and begin calls directly from the contact card.

Communicator Mobile makes an ideal application for the corporate workers. Besides being secure and reliable, the application is also cost effective to implement.

"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. It also meets all of the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable," Ukko Lappalainen, the Vice President at Nokia, observed.

"Communicator Mobile offers great potential for our large corporate customer base who have already deployed Communicator for desktop and now are looking to extend that existing infrastructure to mobile," Scott Petty, the Director at Vodafone (News - Alert) Group Business Services, commented.

The new application will be available initially for Nokia E72 and Nokia E52. The companies plan to deliver Communicator Mobile for Nokia pre-installed on select Nokia smartphones in the future and plan to support additional devices, including the recently announced Nokia E5.


Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri







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