Microsoft partners with RIM one day after beefing up BlackBerry attack with Nokia partnership

Microsoft and RIM today announced that they have extended their partnership. The two will integrate contextual,

location-sensitive searches via Live Search into the BlackBerry Browser and BlackBerry Maps. Users can opt to make Live Search their search interface of choice on the BlackBerry and on Mobile.BlackBerry.com. The new search feature is slated to be released later this year.

This is an extension of an agreement made in May between the two to provide Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones including mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail.

This news comes one day after Microsoft and Nokia attacked RIM by extending their partnership. The two announced that Nokia would bring Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync corporate e-mail to 80 million mobile devices. Nokia is increasing the number of devices that support Exchange ActiveSync to include all S60 3rd Edition devices and said that Mail for Exchange would be a standard, out-of-the-box feature for all future Eseries and Nseries phones. The tally of Nokia devices that can deliver corporate e-mail on Exchange is now 43, the device maker said.

That adds up to about 80 million Nokia mobile phone users that can now grab their corporate e-mail from their phone (the number of S60 3rd Edition devices shipped globally to date, says Nokia) without the kind of middleware required by RIM's BlackBerry. Plus, Nokia promises that its phones will do Exchange better than others that offer it. The company says:

"While the Exchange ActiveSync protocol is compatible with many types of devices, Nokia device users will have access to features that are currently not available in other Exchange ActiveSync licensees' devices. Setting email priorities, alerts for meeting request conflicts, a standalone global address list application to search for a colleague's contact details quickly, downloading and editing all types of attachments, not just image files, are must-have factors that users will expect from their mobile email application."

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