Nokia and Microsoft are teaming up to bring the Windows Live Suite into several Nokia mobile handsets in the S60 series. Under the partnership, Microsoft Live applications such as Spaces, Hotmail, Messenger, Contacts and web browsing will be accessible on various Nokia handsets such as N73, N80, N95, N76, and the N93i.
The application can be downloaded via the users’ mobile handsets and would initially be available for free. Nokia mobile phone users from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany to name just a few, stand to benefit from the availability of the Windows Live suite while they are on the go.
In a press release, senior vice president for Online Services Business at Microsoft, Steve Berkowits said:
The availability of Windows Live services for Nokia devices demonstrates our commitment to delivering great mobile experiences and extending people’s online lives – taking them from the PC to the device.
Good deal for both Microsoft and Nokia. Microsoft’s two toughest rivals Yahoo and Google have been very active in establishing their mobile presence and it just about time for Microsoft to catch up. But the question now is, will mobile users even bother to use their Nokia phones to access Windows Live? Downloading the applications might be free, but what about mobile air time charges while using the applications?