Research in Motion (RIM)'s BlackBerry range of business phones is being taken on by a new mobile software package, co-developed by Nokia and software giant Microsoft.
The Microsoft Communicator suite integrates email, instant messaging and high end SMS services to take on the BlackBerry at its own game.
It has taken several months for the first fruit to emerge from this formidable alliance and more products are planned in the future, with support for Microsoft Office and much more.
In mid 2009 Robert Anderson said of the partnership "This is giving some of our competitors - let's spell it out, Research in Motion - a run for their money. I don't think Blackberry has seen this kind of competition."
Initially it is the business-based E Series mobiles from Nokia that are going to be getting access to the Microsoft Communicator software, with a roll-out across further models pencilled in over the next few months.
RIM will probably be of the opinion that the threat posed by Nokia and Microsoft is relatively low, as it has heavily ingratiated the BlackBerry brand with business users, particularly in the US. For the consumer, this development does, however, seem to be a compelling reason to consider Nokia alternatives.