Microsoft and RIM has come together to bring Windows Live services to the BlackBerry platform. It means that people will receive alerts in real time as and when they receive an email to their hotmail address without the need of independently accessing their hotmail account. BlackBerry users can choose between a dedicated inbox for their Windows Live Hotmail emails or one single inbox where all their emails will be sent to. What's more, as the BlackBerry smartphones display HTML emails, any graphics, web links and contact photos sent via hotmail will also be able to be displayed.
With Windows Live Messenger on the BlackBerry, customers will be able to send instant messages, join group chats, change their status and view the status of others, save conversations and send and receive pictures and files.
It's claimed that over 430 million people use Windows Live services around the world. Both Microsoft and RIM will hope this number increases when the service becomes available on BlackBerry smartphones in the next few months. RIM claims the service will support multiple languages.