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Microsoft, Gemalto to Offer Windows Live Messenger to Mobile Market

Microsoft announced a partnership with digital security solution provider Gemalto to offer Windows Live Messenger services to mobile subscribers.
The service will be offered through a new Windows Live Messenger client application, named SIMessenger, which comes pre-installed on phone Subscriber Identity Module cards, the companies announced at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona.
SIMessenger enables users to easily keep in touch with their Windows Live Messenger contacts from their mobile phone.
Gemalto’s SIMessenger application is the world’s first Microsoft (News - Alert)-certified instant messaging SIM client solution. It features an intuitive menu that allows mobile subscribers to access their Windows Live Messenger environment with the same feel, which they get when accessing it from a PC.
The application automatically launches when the handset is switched on. The user-friendly interface enables quick and easy navigation.
“Through our alliance with Gemalto (News - Alert), we are able to greatly expand the reach of the Windows Live Messenger experience on mobile to new markets and more consumers,” said Tom Bailey, senior director of product management for Windows Live for Mobile services.
“SIMessenger will enable the masses to easily use the popular Windows Live Messenger to communicate with the people they care about while on the go,” Bailey added.
People who own a mobile phone widely outnumber those who have Internet access, says Philippe Vallee, executive vice president of the Telecommunications Business Unit at Gemalto.
“With more than 320 million active Windows Live Messenger accounts worldwide, combined with 3.6 billion SIM cards currently in use, there is strong growth potential for SIMessenger, and Gemalto is proud to join forces with Microsoft to make messaging available to all,” Vallee commented.
The new SIMessenger has already been deployed by three operators: Oi in Brazil, Personal S.A. in Argentina and Movistar in Peru. Gemalto has already delivered close to 5 million SIM cards embedding the Windows Live instant messaging application, a media statement said.
Gemalto supplies a wide range of secure personal devices, such as SIM in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. They also provide software, systems and services to help customers achieve their goals.

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Edited by Michael Dinan

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