Nokia to use Microsoft mobile protection

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Nokia to use Microsoft mobile protection

Nokia will start to use Microsoft's copy protection software to boost the use of wireless entertainment the two companies announced. Microsoft's technology allows users of Nokia cell phones to share protected pieces of content -- like music, games or videos -- between phones, PCs and other devices.

Nokia will license Microsoft's PlayReady digital rights management (DRM) technology, and build it into its S60 software, the most widely used software platform in the cell-phone industry. Nokia's S60 software, built on Symbian's operating system, is used extensively in Nokia's line-up, but also in advanced cell phones of LG Electronics and Samsung.

Its closest rival is Microsoft's own Windows Mobile, but analysts said the deal should benefit both. In 2005 the two companies signed their first co-operation agreement to put Windows Media player on to Nokia phones. As cell phone prices fall, handset vendors are looking for new revenue from potentially lucrative software operations, while at the same time Microsoft is looking for new revenue from the mobile.

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