Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Research In Motion have teamed up to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones. BlackBerry customers will be able to remotely access Windows Live Messenger and will experience enhanced integration between Hotmail and the BlackBerry platform.

The integration will allow customers to use 'push' technology for automatic message delivery and synchronization; a dedicated inbox for Windows Live Hotmail messages; and be able to display HTML e-mail with the ability to view graphics, Web links and contact photos in e-mails.

"Over 430 million people around the world rely on Windows Live to stay in touch," Brian Arbogast, vice president of the Mobile Services organization at Microsoft, said in a statement. "Our collaboration with RIM will enable BlackBerry smartphone customers to take full advantage of Windows Live, whether at work or on the go."