Motorola Buys E-Mail Software Company

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Motorola announced today that it has acquired Good Technology, a push email system and competitor of popular Blackberry devices that run Research In Motion software. While Blackberry’s email software is generally tied to their hardware, Good Technology’s wireless e-mail services, can work on existing handsets, including Motorola’s popular Q (right).

About 10 million out of about 500 million corporate e-mail boxes are currently accessed with mobile devices, reports the Chicago Tribue. Motorola has been working hard to break into the enterprise market. Good, which is already used by 12,000 companies, could make them more competitive to the Blackberry.

The deal is similar to Nokia’s acquisition of Intellisync in February. Intellisync supports a wide range of mobile devices, including Palm, Pocket PC, Windows Smartphone, Symbian and others. Other software-based solutions include Seven Networks and Visto.

Good’s software-based approach runs on a variety of handsets from numerous manufacturers, such as Nokia, Samsung, Palm, HP and HTC’s Windows Mobile 5.0 devices.

Good requires either Exchange or Notes server, however, or their hosted solution with a monthly fee. BlackBerry Internet Service, by contrast, features individual and small-business options that allow you to integrate your BlackBerry device with up to 10 supported business or personal email accounts, receive and send instant messages, and browse web content while on the go.

The biggest effect of the deal could be on Palm, says BetaNews, which has recently begun leaning towards Microsoft in its products aimed at businesses. Good was a primary provider of business software for Palm OS on the Treo 650 and Treo 700p. Microsoft recently deployed a push e-mail update to Windows Mobile 5.0 that offers enterprises a solution that integrates with their Exchange servers.

Motorola did not say how it planned to further integrate Good’s offerings into its own products. The transaction was expected to close in early 2007. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, TechCrunch says Yahoo will integrate an Ajax version of Yahoo Instant Messaging directly into the new Yahoo Mail beta. Unlike Google’s integration of Google Talk with Gmail earlier this year, Yahoo is combining the products into a single interface. The younger generation tends to eschew e-mail in favor of instant messaging, so Yahoo will bring the two technologies together in the new version of Yahoo Mail, due in a couple of months.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, November 10th, 2006 at 2:43 pm .

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