Nokia announced today the Nokia Business Center, a new software solution enabling collaborative business applications for the mobile world, starting with push email. Nokia Business Center brings mobile email to the corporate masses, changing the economics of mobile email adoption so that employees at all levels can reap the rewards of virtually anytime, anywhere access to their corporate email. Nokia Business Center complements Nokia's existing portfolio of today's popular email solutions available for its business-optimized mobile devices.
Nokia Business Center is designed to expand the universe of potential mobile users by leveraging the broad availability of standard mobile phones and by providing a two-tier client strategy. The standard client will be licensed on an unlimited basis with each Nokia Business Center server. A more richly featured professional client will be available for a minimal upgrade fee. The product is a Java-based solution that can be deployed on any Java MIDPI 2.0-capable phone, once certified by Nokia. Initially, Nokia Business Center will support mobile email over the Nokia 9300 smartphone, Nokia 9500 Communicator, as well as the Nokia 6630, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, and Nokia 6682 integrating with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, followed shortly by support for Lotus Notes and Domino, and an expanded range of Nokia certified devices.
Dave Grannan, general manager of Nokia's Enterprise Solutions Mobile Email group said, "Nokia Business Center allows users to connect with their corporate email while on the go, and allows businesses to implement strict security measures while delivering mobile applications in a cost-effective manner."
The standard Nokia Business Center client offers the ability to compose, read and delete email, manage local folders, and provides support for working offline, in addition to push-email and state-of-the-art security. The standard client also includes support for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The professional client version offers all the features of the standard version as well as a rich, graphical email experience similar to using desktop email. Other professional client version features 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.
For a secure email experience, Nokia Business Center offers a streamlined data transfer path that communicates directly with devices rather than the "store and forward" method used by most mobile email solutions. In addition, Nokia Business Center offers end-to-end encryption of data transport, storage and over-the-air synchronization.
Nokia offers a comprehensive service portfolio for Nokia Business Center ranging from Technical Support to Implementation, Professional Services and Technical Training. Nokia's services are available to better serve customers and enable a successful end-to-end enterprise mobile email deployment.
Nokia Business Center can be purchased from select carriers and accredited resellers and will be available in the Americas and EMEA in the fourth quarter of 2005. Pilots will begin in other markets during the fourth quarter.