Nokia launches Mail for Exchange on Asha Touch phones

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is rolling out Mail for Exchange, which delivers work email access to entry-level smartphones running the manufacturer's Asha mobile operating system.

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Mail for Exchange comes to Nokia's Asha phones.

The free Mail for Exchange application leverages Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Exchange ActiveSync protocol to enable push email, calendar and contact data synchronization between compatible office email servers and Nokia Asha devices. "IT managers who want to set up Mail for Exchange for employees on Asha smartphones may like to check out this this in-depth guide," Nokia deputy editor Boc Ly writes on the Nokia Conversations blog. "And here's a quick-start guide for users."

Mail for Exchange is available for the Nokia Asha 308, Asha 309, Asha 310 and Asha 311. While Mail for Exchange does not support Microsoft's full Office suite of work tools, Ly recommends Asha owners download the free Editori Text app for viewing and editing Word documents. Users can also install the complementary Editori Sheet to access similar functionality for Excel spreadsheets.

Asha--which leverages technologies developed by Smarterphone, which Nokia acquired in late 2011--touts a smartphone-caliber user experience optimized for limited-resource hardware. Earlier this month, Nokia unveiled its Asha Software Development Kit 1.0, which includes a suite of tools to build, test, package and deploy Java apps. The device maker is also releasing a Web Development Environment, a Web Inspector for debugging and inspecting elements in Web apps and a new Web Designer Tool for improving the user experience.

Nokia also announced new in-app payment capabilities allowing developers to offer premium virtual goods and content within Asha applications. Developers can sign up here.

Nokia is slated to launch its new Asha 501 smartphone next month. The device includes two main screens, Home and Fastlane: The former offers a conventional, icon-based view for launching individual apps or accessing specific features, while the latter presents recently accessed contacts, social networks and apps, all unique to each user. The Asha 501 also preloads the Nokia Xpress Browser, which compresses Internet data by up to 90 percent. It is priced under $100 and will be available across roughly 60 operators in more than 90 international markets.

For more:
- read this Nokia Conversations blog post

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