Nokia announced an upgrade to its Intellisync software and new phones aimed at business users at 3GSM.
The handset maker is aiming to boost the use of mobile email in the enterprise with a new release of the email access software and several new handsets aimed at business users.
The new products, announced during the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, may help Nokia better compete with Microsoft Corp., which introduced the latest version of its mobile phone software, Windows Mobile 6.0, at the conference. Windows Mobile 6.0 and Intellisync both enable mobile access to corporate email.
Nokia sees huge potential in the business user. "Soon, half the population of the world will use a mobile phone, yet the mobile phone is still considered a privilege if you're working in a company," said Antti Vasara, senior vice president of mobile devices in Nokia's enterprise solutions group.
Fewer than 10% of employees in the enterprise use mobile email, he said, leaving large potential for growth. Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0, announced on Monday, could help drive that growth, Nokia said.
The new release is designed to make it easier and more affordable to extend mobile e-mail beyond the executive suite and travelling sales staff, said Vasala.
Nokia's Intellisync platform allows phone users to send and receive corporate email on their phones and sync information like calendar and contacts with their enterprise data. It also helps administrators manage and secure mobile access.
Users now have flexible options for deployment, including fully hosted or partially hosted service. In addition, an enterprise can choose to enable an entry-level service that lets users read, compose and delete e-mails and manage local folders. The professional service includes other features such as attachment handling and personal information synchronisation.