Microsoft has updated an application that strengthens the link between its Windows Live services and its Windows mobile platform that, among other features, pushes Hotmail messages to phones. Also, Google introduced a prototype Friday of a mobile version for its Gmail service that is aimed at running across multiple mobile operating systems.
Research In Motion took out an ad in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and six other U.S. papers, saying users of its BlackBerry wireless e-mail service "can rest assured the BlackBerry is here to stay." The ad also calls for patent system reforms, arguing that certain "loopholes" should be closed.
Research In Motion's BlackBerry has dominated the mobile e-mail market, but a number of companies including Nokia, Motorola and Palm are stepping up to the plate with e-mail gadgets and services of their own. Whether RIM keeps its lead depends on a number of factors, including how rivals price their service and the outcome of RIM's legal battle with NTP, analysts say.
Microsoft's deal with Palm to put Windows Mobile software in Palm's Treo 700 could be a big step for both companies' efforts to challenge BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in the mobile e-mail space, The Wall Street Journal says.
Nokia's new effort to "bring mobile e-mail to the corporate masses" may pack the punch to steamroll small e-mail providers and eventually go head-to-head with rivals such as Research in Motion and Microsoft, BusinessWeek reports. To jump-start the offering, Nokia is undercutting competitors in a crucial area: price.