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GLOBAL – As a part of its ongoing strategic alliance with Microsoft, Nokia today announced an update on the deployment of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on Nokia smartphones. The solution, which allows mobile users direct access to email accounts on Microsoft Exchange servers, is now available through more than 550 different operators worldwide including America Movil, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

Corporate customers are attracted to the Nokia solution because it can offer substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to competing services. This is because businesses don’t need additional servers and middleware to support the service and are able to choose between a wider range of data tariffs.

JCDecaux, for example, Europe’s biggest outdoor advertising agency, used to have just 14 per cent of its employees with access to mobile email and calendaring. Today, thanks to the Nokia/Microsoft solution, TCO has been lowered, while access is up to 100 per cent, and employees can be much more responsive to customers and each other while they’re out and about.

OnMobile is India’s largest white label data and value-added services company for mobile, landline and media service providers. In the six months since moving to Mail for Exchange to give its engineers mobile email, the company has reported substantial time savings, a 20 per cent increase in projects completed on time and a 30 per cent decrease in travel expenses.

Mail for Exchange comes preinstalled on the latest Nokia smartphones. As a downloadable client, it’s available for many other S60 3rd and 5th edition devices from Ovi Store, including all Eseries and Nseries devices. 

Want to know more about the service and Nokia’s other business offerings? Today, we’ll be hosting a Q&A session on Twitter to answer all your questions. Tarja Kantola, Senior Manager, Go-To-Market, for Nokia’s global alliance with Microsoft, will be at the keyboard from 1500-1600 CET, today, Monday 8 Nov. Follow @nokia on Twitter to get involved.

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