CTIA: Nokia licences Microsoft Exchange

Nokia gets smart to make its smartphones smarter, adds an Exchange client as Apple iPhone threat grows.

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In a move reflecting Apple's decision to license the technologies for use in the iPhone, Nokia has enabled Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for all 43 of its S60 Third Edition wireless devices, a total of about 80 million wireless devices globally.

Current users of the S60 smart phones, which cut across a range of prices, will be able to download a client to the phones that allows them to work with an Exchange server, making it easier for those companies to support Exchange email.

Future S60 devices will have the client built-in, said David Petts, senior vice president for business mobility for Nokia, in an interview at the CTIA trade show here.

Petts said the set-up process will be simpler than previously available for other Nokia devices. Nokia device users will be able to set email priorities, receive alerts for meeting conflicts and obtain a global address list application to search for colleagues using the same email server.

There will be no added cost to download the client.

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