K. V. Kurmanath

Hyderabad, May 21

It is now routine for many e-mail users to initiate a ‘conversation', seeing the green the chat list aglow. How about having a similar application on one's mobile phone that can tell about the status of people in the phone book? One can ‘push' a message or a mail or call.

IT major Microsoft has tied up with phone manufacturer Nokia to launch Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices. To begin with Nokia's E-series phones would have this application.

Faster communication

This would help people in a network to communicate quicker, better and in an economical way. Microsoft and Nokia had announced the availability of this application recently.

The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices' contact application, enabling people update their own presence, start and join instant messaging sessions and begin calls directly.

Microsoft's India Development Centre at Hyderabad has contributed to this application as it works for Microsoft's Window 7 phone and Nokia phones.

Mr Srini Koppolu, Corporate Vice-President and Managing Director of Microsoft India, said Microsoft had entered into a collaboration pact with Nokia to bring Office Mobile and related software and services to Nokia smart phones running the Symbian operating system. “The idea is to extend the PC experience to the mobile phones. As one opens mails and other documents, applications should not come in the way to open or use the content. Our effort is to offer all Office suites such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote to enable users view, edit, create and share Office documents,” he said. The mobile users would also be able to view zip files and faxes.

Data transfer

Mr Koppolu told Business Line that the IDC also developed an application to manage the data on the phone. “On an average, about 200 numbers are stored in mobile phones. In addition, there would be important messages stored in them. But millions of phones do not provide for transfer of data. We have developed a beta version that runs on the computer but could retrieve the data from phones of different ilk using the Bluetooth option,” he said.

While different phones have different software, Microsoft's application could retrieve data from any phone. The IT major is working on enhancements for the application.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 22, 2010)
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