RIM Partners with Microsoft for 'Cloud' Efforts
Research In Motion and Microsoft have struck a new agreement that will help RIM better serve its business customers. Under the terms of the agreement, RIM's BlackBerry customers will be able to access their personal data via Microsoft's Office 365 service. Businesses will also be able to move their BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to off-site data centers, which RIM says will help push out updates to BES and BlackBerries faster and more securely. The services are still being tested and will be rolled out during the next few months. This will let BlackBerry users get the information and data they need without having to go to local hard drives and/or servers. RIM anticipates that a lot of its customers will be migrating critical business data to the cloud this year and next, and sees this feature as a necessity moving forward. Specifics of the partnership weren't made clear.
Liveblog: Windows Phone Update 2011
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Microsoft Names Mango Business Features for WP7
In a blog post today, Microsoft provided details on a few previously unannounced new features that will be part of the Mango build of Windows Phone 7. These new features are targeted at business users and add to the WP7 platform's collaboration tools.
Navteq Re-Org to Focus On Social-Location Service
According to an internal memo supplied to Phone Scoop, Nokia and Navteq are undertaking a massive reorganizational approach to their mapping and social networking services. The three foundational elements behind this change are being made to support the following: new social-location applications, services, and developer experiences that engage a large user-base to build a winning brand and ecosystem together with Microsoft; high-value location content enabling differentiated experiences; and high-value advertising network monetizing the ecosystem by providing local commerce services for brands and merchants.
HTC Surround Now Receiving NoDo Update
Microsoft recently revealed that it has finalized the February and March NoDo updates for the HTC Surround, which is available from AT&T. Both updates can be installed by HTC Surround users.
Nokia to Release New WP7 Handsets Frequently
Speaking to PCMag, Nokia's chief of smart devices Jo Harlow said that the company plans to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets at a fairly regular pace. "We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that," she said.