Nokia will deliver some of Microsoft's Windows Live services on its handsets in Europe and the Middle East.
Users of the Nokia N73, N80 Internet Edition, N95, N76 and the N93i in 11 countries will have access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts and Windows Live Spaces through the handsets' "Download!" feature.
Users in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be the first to have the services, with other countries to be added over the next year, said Phil Holden, director of mobile services for Microsoft's Online Services Business.
Beginning next year, Nokia also will install these applications on its Series 40 phones in those countries as well as others that will be announced later, Holden said.
The companies did not disclose the specific terms of the partnership, which is a revenue-sharing deal and will last at least one year, Holden said.
The services will be free for a trial period, but eventually users will have to pay a nominal fee per month if they want to keep using them, he said. Microsoft also offers some of its Windows Live services on devices running its own Windows Mobile OS.
Microsoft launched revamped and new online services under the Live brand in November 2005 in an effort to catch up to Google and Yahoo. All of these companies are offering wireless versions of at least some of their web applications as part of the industry's embracing of wireless.
"The mobile phone is getting more powerful and functional," Holden said. "We don't live out of PCs, but always have a mobile phone with us."
Nokia already was offering Windows Live Search as part of its Nokia Mobile Search application on S60 handsets. The company also plans to extend this to its Series 40 handsets, it said.
Find your next job with techworld jobs