Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, will partner with AgreeYa Solutions to make business applications available on Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)’s Blackberry and other mobile devices.
The licensing agreement, which also covers devices running Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software, lets AgreeYa make productivity software that works with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop and SharePoint programs, said Sandy Gupta, general manager of marketing strategy for Microsoft’s Open Solutions Group. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
AgreeYa has 100 engineers in Beijing helping develop the product, Krish Kupathil, head of the Folsom, California-based company’s mobility unit, said today at a press briefing. Microsoft wants to make its software more compatible with mobile devices. The popularity of smartphones and tablet computers is cutting into demand for personal computers, researcher Gartner Inc. has said.
“They are building a rich set of enterprise applications that is for the widest range of mobile devices,” Gupta told reporters in Beijing today. AgreeYa’s programs “will let consumers and employees access Microsoft back-end enterprise technologies,” he said.
The products being developed by closely held AgreeYa are scheduled to be unveiled in February and available for sale in March, Kupathil said.
Global personal-computer shipments rose less than forecast in the third quarter partly because of a shift to tablets and smartphones, Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner said last month. PC shipments in the period gained 3.2 percent to 92 million, compared with an earlier projection for 5.1 percent growth, Gartner said.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has fallen 11 percent this year in New York trading, compared with a 5.2 percent decrease in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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