A joint operation by Finnish mobile manufacturer Nokia and US software giant Microsoft has finally produced a consumer product, with the Microsoft Communicator software suite coming to the E72 and E52 smartphones from Nokia.
Recent figures show that Nokia is still leading the smartphone market, but business customers have been wooed by the likes of RIM with its BlackBerry range and to a certain extent the Apple iPhone. This partly explains why former rivals Microsoft would be willing to work on smartphone software for Nokia and no one else.
Microsoft Communicator for the Nokia E Series smartphones is a fully featured communications client, designed to integrate various essential business-based offerings into a single, easy to use interface.
Businesses with multiple employees will be able to use Microsoft Communicator to link together staff when they are out of the office, with status indicators letting others know who is available and by which means they should be contacted.
It is possible for users to kick start instant messaging sessions with colleagues, or join ongoing chats when required. The intention is to make people far more contactable and to stop people getting in touch when you are unable to give an instant response.
Nokia is planning to roll out the new service via its Ovi Store to further E Series handsets beyond the initially supported pair and updates to the platform will also come in the form of document sharing and editing features that integrate with Microsoft Office.