New Windows Mobile client will extend IM and presence awareness to Windows Mobile-based device users virtually anytime, anywhere.
Redmond, Wash. — April 18, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it is extending MicrosoftÃ¯Â¿Â½ Office Live Communications Server 2005 capabilities to mobile devices, enabling companies to deploy trusted instant messaging (IM) and presence-enabled solutions that provide a consistent experience across PCs and smart mobile devices. As an initial step, the company unveiled plans to deliver a new mobile Live Communications Server 2005 client, for Windows Mobile (TM) -based devices.
Based on the user interface of the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 messaging client, the new Windows Mobile client is designed to provide information workers with a premier mobile collaboration experience through native integration of mobile applications with enterprise-grade, real-time communications tools. Extending Live Communications Server to mobile devices furthers Microsoft’s vision for integrated communications, described by Bill Gates at the Microsoft RTC unified launch event March 8 as giving information workers access to presence and unified modes of communication — e-mail, phone, instant messaging (IM), short message service (SMS), videoconferencing and webconferencing — across a variety of form factors (PC, desk phone, mobile device) and wired or wireless networks.” …
This is more exciting news than the RIM announcement if you ask me. Extending the Office Communicatior functionality, which is a fully SIP based client, to the Windows Mobile platform is a really strong asset.