Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger Come to Blackberry

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It was announced that Microsoft and Research in Motion, makers of the Blackberry, have formed an agreement which will allow RIM to provide some Windows Live services on their Blackberry smartphones. Starting sometime this summer, new Blackberrys will start shipping that feature mobile versions of both Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail. Often when apps go mobile they lose a lot of features in the process, but that doesn't seem to be the case with either of these. Windows Live Hotmail, for example, will send email to phones via Blackberry's "push" technology, will have its own dedicated inbox, and will display email in full HTML, showing graphics, links, and even contact photos. Live Messenger will also be feature-rich, offering the ability to join group chats, set presence indicators and status messages, save conversations, display avatars, send and receive files and photos, and allow you to use more than 60 emoticons.

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