Microsoft to launch improved mobile email service

Written by Tim Smalley

June 9, 2005 | 16:25

Tags: #email #handset #mobile-phone #research-in-motion #rim

Companies: #blackberry #microsoft

We have just learned that Microsoft is on course to launch a new software update for its Windows Mobile operating system that will enable users to access their email with ease.

Previously, users of Windows Mobile 5.0 had to dial up to the mail server to download any emails. The new feature pack is termed 'direct push technology' by the software giant, and it will enable users to receive email on the fly - as soon as the message arrives on Microsoft's servers, it will be forwarded on to the users mobile device.

This directly affects Research In Motion (RIM), the company that produce the increasingly popular Blackberry handsets. The move displays Microsoft's want to take some more of RIM's email-on-the-go pie, and it is expected to affect around 130 million people worldwide that use the Microsoft servers.

RIM is the current market leader in this field with around three million subscribers, and they are growing at a substantial rate, with an expected 5.3 million subscribers to use the Blackberry handsets by the end of the year.

It is not often that the software giant doesn't get what it wants, so we are sure that RIM will be watching its back following Microsoft's push for more market share with their Windows Mobile OS.

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