REDWOOD CITY, California Oct 4th, 2011 – SEVEN® Networks, a provider of innovative mobile solutions that deliver a Real Life, Real Time experience, announced that it has been contracted by Microsoft to develop an Android client for its Hotmail email service. Microsoft selected SEVEN based on the two companies’ long-term partnership and SEVEN’s expertise in delivering data efficient mobile applications.
The development marks the first Microsoft-authorized Android app for Hotmail and will be jointly distributed by Microsoft and SEVEN. The app delivers push-enabled access to the user inbox, contact list and calendars. The free app is now available for download on the Android Market.
With 360 million active users, Hotmail is the largest webmail provider in the world. Microsoft has reengineered Hotmail and the availability of its Android app reflects a commitment to provide a great Hotmail experience to users on whichever smartphones they use. Hotmail provides advanced messaging capabilities including email, chat, video, integration with Windows 7 taskbar and Office Web apps, smartphone capabilities and more.
“This development extends our partnership with Microsoft allowing both companies to tap into the fast growing Android user base,” said Ross Bott, president and CEO of SEVEN. “This app provides significant opportunities for SEVEN ranging from being our first app on the Android Market to opening us to the consumer market and a broad user base with solutions that help mobile users with data consumption.”
“As the world’s leading webmail service provider, our priority is to enable an exceptional experience for our customers accessing their Hotmail accounts from their mobile devices,” said David Law of Microsoft. “SEVEN has a strong background in mobile email technology and our partnership allows us to provide a rich experience for our Hotmail users who own Android phones.”
Last year, SEVEN joined the Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail for Mobile Services Reseller Program, which allowed the company to directly resell Hotmail services. Prior to that agreement, SEVEN was the first mobile messaging vendor to deploy a mobile email client using the new MSP 3.0 protocol developed by Microsoft. As part of this long-term relationship with Microsoft, SEVEN has successfully certified hundreds of devices from a variety of manufacturers with Hotmail, including HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and more.