BetaNews | Windows Live Coming to Nokia Phones

Nokia said Thursday that it had reached an agreement with Microsoft to integrate Windows Live Search into its phones, meaning consumers would be able to access the service via both Nseries and S60 phones. The agreement is the second major partnership between the two; Nokia and Microsoft joined in February to support Windows Media on select phones.

Nokia handset users would also be able to access stock quotes, movie times and the Encarta encyclopedia (in select markets) as a result of the deal. The experience would be integrated into the user interface of the phone, meaning a Web browser is not needed to access the services.

“Adding the advanced searching capabilities of Microsoft’s Live Search to our Mobile Search platform provides our customers with unique and powerful new ways to search the internet on their multimedia computers and many other compatible Nokia mobile devices,” Nokia multimedia vice president Ralph Eric Kunz said.

The application would be available in 14 languages in select markets as a standard feature on the Nokia N80 Internet Edition, Nokia N73, Nokia N93, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6680, and Nokia 668. Series 60 users would be able to add the functionality via a software download.

Content from Yahoo is already available on Series 60 phones through an earlier agreement signed in April 2005. That deal allows users access to Yahoo e-mail and search, as well as an area where users will be able to download wallpaper, ringtones and games.

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