Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced an agreement to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones.

As a result of this collaboration, BlackBerry smartphone customers will enjoy easy mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and an enhanced level of integration between Windows Live Hotmail and the BlackBerry platform.
The integration of Windows Live services into the BlackBerry platform will allow users who use Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger on their BlackBerry smartphone to benefit from the BlackBerry platform architecture with the ability to communicate in real-time using push technology, and offering an exceptional mobile communications experience.
Users will also be able to seamlessly access their Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger account from their BlackBerry smartphone by entering their Windows Live e-mail address and password once.
“The BlackBerry platform is respected around the world for providing optimized messaging capabilities and RIM continues to look for ways to provide customers with a wide range of communications options and the best possible mobile experience,” says Mark Guibert, vice-president: corporate marketing at Research In Motion. “Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones helps us build on that strategy for our customers.”
Windows Live Hotmail for BlackBerry will allow users to use BlackBerry "push" technology for automatic message delivery and message synchronisation.
They can also use a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages, which are automatically delivered to the smartphone. Users can also choose to receive their Windows Live Hotmail messages, along with messages from other e-mail accounts, within a single inbox on their BlackBerry smartphone.
The service will allow for the display of HTML e-mail with the ability to view graphics, Web links, and contact photos in e-mails.