Nokia to use Microsoft technologies in its cell phones

Nokia and Microsoft have had a less than friendly relationship in the past. But it looks like it could all be in the past. At the ongoing 3GSM World Congress, Nokia announced that it has licensed a number of Microsoft Windows Media technologies, including Windows Media Audio (WMA), Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) version 10, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), a Windows Media Player (WMP) plug-in for the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) family of codecs, and Exchange Server ActiveSync. The tighter integration between a phone and computer will mean that it will be easier to share music between the devices.

Exchange Server ActiveSync will further extend the integration by allowing users to wirelessly synchronize heir email, calendar information and address books.

On a related note, Motorola recently partnered with Apple to offer iTunes on its cellphones.

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