Microsoft Debuts Mobile Communicator For Nokia Handsets

Microsoft and Nokia have announced the release of the Microsoft Mobile Communicator application which will bring BlackBerry-like instant messaging to Nokia handsets for the first time.

The Microsoft Mobile Communicator is the first offering from the Nokia-Microsoft alliance, announced last August, and is aimed at directly competing with Research in Motion's BlackBerry handset.

Talking to the Independent, Kirt Debique, General Manager at Microsoft, said “Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones around the world.”

The application allows users to interact among themselves, view status updates, check visibility and share knowledge via email, text and instant messaging.

The alliance said that the application is currently only available for Nokia E72 and E52 smartphones, but that updates for other Nokia handsets will be launched soon.

Microsoft also hinted that a mobile version of its popular MS Office productivity suite would be released in the near future.