It looks like Research in Motion and Microsoft presenting to us again, for what seems like the 2nd or 3rd time, the idea of native Microsoft Live Services on the BlackBerry. According to a press release just out today, Microsoft Live Messenger and Hotmail both are to receive BlackBerry push support in the not too distant future.
The integration of Windows Live services into the BlackBerry platform will allow customers who use Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger on their BlackBerry smartphone to benefit from the BlackBerry platform architecture with the ability to communicate in real-time using push technology, and offering an exceptional mobile communications experience. Customers will also be able to seamlessly access their Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger account from their BlackBerry smartphone by simply entering their Windows Live e-mail address and password once.
We’ve listed the features of both Messenger and Hotmail for BlackBerry after the jump…
Windows Live Messenger For BlackBerry:
- Send instant messages and join group chats
- Set status and see the presence of friends and colleagues within Windows Live Messenger or their contact cards
- Customize status messages
- Save conversations
- Showcase their Display Picture (Avatar)
- Send and receive pictures and files
- Use more than 60 emoticons
Windows Live Hotmail for BlackBerry
- Use BlackBerry ‘push’ technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronization so the customers’ online account is up-to-date with actions taken on their BlackBerry smartphone
- Use a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, which are automatically delivered to the smartphone. Customers can also choose to receive their Windows Live Hotmail messages, along with messages from other e-mail accounts, within a single inbox on their BlackBerry smartphone
- Display HTML e-mail with the ability to view graphics, Web links, and contact photos in emails
To be honest the features of Messenger and Hotmail sound pretty good. Hopefully these applications will be available on all carries when they are finally released.