Feeds

MS, Nokia in Valentine's Day headline bid

Or suicide pact, depending on how you look at it

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

3GSM Nokia and Microsoft signed two significant deals today, with Nokia's executive VP for enterprise, Mary McDowell, hinting that there would be more to come.

Nokia is partnering with Loudeye to allow carriers to build branded DRM music download services. As part of the deal, Nokia phones will play back Windows Media files, but only through a complex transcoding which takes a Windows Media file and converts it to an AAC format.

When it comes to music, said a Microsoft executive in Cannes today, "We should not have borders or barriers." Quite right, although the DRM regime that Microsoft puts in the user's way is all about barriers. A sweaty executive called Michael Nash from Warner Brothers Music apologized for not being present to bless the partnership - "I'm at the Grammys!", he said - and didn't blink once.

Long term Nokia has been doing some serious thinking about digital downloads, and must be prepared to weather the poor reception such a clunky arrangement will surely meet.

More significantly for enterprise users, Nokia will license Microsoft's ActiveSync software. This didn't lessen Nokia's commitment to SyncML, or its relationships with third party providers such as Good, McDowell insisted. More details are expected to follow on the eleventh-hour deal.

Nokia had lobbied hard for Microsoft to open its communications protocols through the EU. Now it's a licensee, the ActiveSync agreement removes a major motivation for businesses choosing Microsoft smartphones. ®

Related stories

Handset frameworks strengthen cellcos
Nokia aims to dominate mobile email
Mobile operators as content providers

3GSM 2005

All the Reg stories from this year’s conference

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.