Nokia and Microsoft launch their first product together

Nokia and Microsoft who were originally competitors in the smartphone market had formed an aliance aimed at breaking the dominance of Blackberry(popular among business people) - in August 2009. Now the allied group have launched their first product together--the Microsoft Communicator Mobile software. The software allows business people to see colleagues availability and message them via e-mail, text, phone or IM.

The firms will offer phones running Microsoft Office later in the year.

The new software will initially run on Nokia E52 and E72 phones running the Symbian operating system. Other handsets will follow.

Microsoft Communicator Mobile has previously been available for phones running Java.

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