Nokia Takes on RIM with Push Email System

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Research in Motion (RIM) has built a very successful business around offering push email to businesses and individuals.

Push email, in which incoming messages are immediately pushed out to a mobile device as soon as they arrive on the server, turns out to be one of those services that, once tried, many people find they can’t live without.

With lots of money to be made, it’s no surprise that other companies — including Microsoft — aren’t leaving the market to RIM.

The latest one to announce its version of a push email system is Nokia.

The Nokia Business Center will be made up of a server that connects to a company’s regular email server and takes care of pushing the email out and a pair of email applications.

Two Email Options

The standard email application will be licensed on an unlimited basis with each Nokia Business Center server.

It will offer the ability to compose, read, and delete email, and manage local folders. It will have support for working offline, in addition to push-email and state-of-the-art security.

A more fully featured professional client will be available for a small upgrade fee.

This will offer all the features of the standard version as well as a graphical user interface similar to using desktop email.

Other professional client version features will include support for handling meeting requests, sorted views, full attachment support, the ability to access any employee’s contact information from the company’s corporate directory, the ability to search local folders, and more.

Either of these email applications will run on any Java MIDP 2.0-capable phone, once certified by Nokia.

Requirements

Initially, the Nokia Business Center will support mobile email over the Nokia 9300 Communicator and Nokia 9500 Communicator, as well as the Nokia 6630, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, and Nokia 6682. More devices should be added soon.

At first, this system will inter-operate only with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, but Nokia plans to release versions for Lotus Notes and Domino in the near future.

The Nokia Business Center will be available in the Americas and EMEA in the fourth quarter of this year.

The company has not yet given an indication of what it will cost.

More information is available on the Nokia web site.

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