Australia’s largest telco Telstra has promised its BigPond customers a faster and enhanced email service named BigPond with Windows Live, without the need to change email addresses. The caveat? Their data will now also be stored offshore with Microsoft.
According to a statement issued by Telstra, the new service assures more storage, Microsoft Office apps, as well as the facility to edit and share photos and movies. The partnership with Microsoft will enable Telstra to offer Microsoft Hotmail, SkyDrive and Windows Live to its 4.2 million BigPond mailboxes.
The new move to integrate BigPond with Windows Live is the outcome of Telstra and Microsoft forming a strategic alliance late in 2008. In December 2011, Telstra had revealed that it was consulting its customers about how the BigPond platform could evolve to better suit their needs. The company had been considering integrating its email services with Microsoft’s Windows Live Suite platform to provide new applications and services to its customers — via redwolf.newsvine.com