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Microsoft joins forces with Swedish firm on SMS for Office

Stockholm mobile messaging company General Wireless has teamed up with Microsoft to offer software that enables users to send SMS messages from Microsoft Outlook.

The software will be included in Microsoft Office Marketplace, a listing of products and services that work with or complement Office.

SMS Executive adds a "New SMS" button to the Outlook toolbar, and existing contacts and distribution lists in Outlook can be used to send an SMS message.

General Wireless and Microsoft will work together on the offering first in Sweden, but the agreement is global and can be extended to other markets.

Another company, Oslo-based Viva Technologies, already offers an SMS application called MailSMS, which can also integrate with Outlook.


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