Microsoft and France Telecom have launched mobile messaging into the PC and mobile space with "Orange Messenger by Windows Live" (some name, huh?).
This will provide access to the Windows Live Messenger community and to the Orange portal services, enabling consumers to access an instant messaging service “Orange Messenger by Windows Live” that promises to delivers rich communications services experience on the PC and mobile, including all-the-time access to contacts.
By using the Windows Live platform, the new Orange Messenger by Windows Live service will enable the 135 million France Telecom European customers (served by Orange or another brand) to interact with 240 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users.
It will provide a connection to all of the Orange portal services: E-mail, blog, ring tones, logos and “today’s page,” while continuing to have access to the Windows Live services.
Following its deployment in France, the UK and Spain, Orange and Microsoft will combine their expertise to offer Orange customers the following innovative services over the coming months:
- On PC: Video over IP, multi-videoconferencing, etc.
- On Mobile: Interoperability of Orange Messenger by Windows Live with other mobile operators, SMS service continuity and 3G videoconference
Now this should be interesting ...