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In a press release earlier this week, SEVEN announced the availability of its award-winning mobile messaging solution for the Android platform. SEVEN specialise in mobile email and messaging software, and claim that their software is the first Android solution to address both personal and business mobile email–along with calendars and contacts–on “one intuitive and integrated client interface”. This software is available straight away for both carriers and device manufacturers who want to ship Android with an embedded mobile email solution. The features offered by SEVEN on the Android platform are similar to those offered on the other operating systems. End…

Quickoffice has just announced the very first Microsoft Office viewer for the Android operating system. As one of the world leaders in providing mobile office productivity software and solutions for mobile devices, it is no surprise to hear that the other platforms already supported are numerous and include Symbian, Palm, BlackBerry and iPhone. Now available on Android too, Quickoffice will allow proud owners of the T-Mobile G1 and soon-to-be Android devices to access, view, and manage their Word and Excel files.

Back in August we mentioned a deal that was brewing between Google and Verizon Wireless that would see Google’s search being integrated into Verizon phones, and we speculated/hoped that this might increase the chance of seeing an Android Verizon cell phone at some point.  Verizon sits firmly in the LiMo camp, after all. Well, according to the news today, it looks like Microsoft is trying to swoop in and steal that deal from Google, which might hurt our chances of seeing a Google Android powered phone on the soon to be #1 carrier in the U.S. (once it finishes the…

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has publicly mocked Android at the Telstra Investor’s Day Conference in Sydney, displaying absolutely no understanding of Android or it’s open source model. Here are some of Mr Ballmer’s choice quotes when questioned about Android; “They (Google) can hire smart guys, hire smart people, blah-di-blah-di-blah.” “I don’t really understand their strategy … if I went to my shareholder meetings and my analyst meeting and said, ‘Hey, we just launched a new product that has no revenue model – yeah, cheer for me!’ I’m not sure my investors would take that very well, but that’s what Google’s…

Yesterday we were notified that a company called Aardvark was working on a Microsoft Exchange client for the Android OS. If you go to the company’s website, you can sign up to participate in its beta program – when it becomes available. For its part, Aardvark promises: Realtime, wireless synchronization of email, calendar, and contacts. The most popular messaging platform will soon be available on the Google Android OS and T-Mobile G1. Public launch begins Q1 of 2009 and our limited beta will commence shortly.

It appears that Microsoft is considering porting Silverlight, its competitor to Adobe Flash, over to the Android platform. Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie told TechRadar.com that his company has been unable to get Silverlight onto the Apple iPhone platform because it is still too closed, but that it is watching the Android platform to see how it does in the market. Microsoft, or anybody, for that matter, is free to develop extensions to the Android platform.

In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft’s Steve Balmer gave his opinions on the Google Android platform. Needless to say, big Steve is not exactly impressed. You’ve got to remember Android is version one….and it looks like version one. He later added: They’ve got one handset maker, we’ve got 55. They’re available through one operator, we’ve got 175. He fails to admit that, at one point, Microsoft, too, had one manufacturer (HTC) and only one carrier (Orange). On top of that, I don’t think that 1/1 situation is going to remain as such for very long. While we might not…

This isn’t really directly Android related, but it is interesting to see that Microsoft has just posted a job description on a Seattle job-hunting site that describes a position as a lead for its “Skymarket” project for Windows Mobile 7. If Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all going to have integrated app stores, it seems likely that Nokia and friends will have to follow suit in the not so distant future. [Read]

A Business Week article by Olga Kharif is reporting on recent statements by Moe Tanabian at IBB Consulting, who claims to have seen the first Android phone for T-Mobile. Tanabian has said that the new phone will support the rumored T-Mobile App Store, which we expected, and that the initial device, at least, will probably lack support for Microsoft’s Exchange email servers. As an avid Exchange user, allow me to be the first to say “ouch.” Tanabian told Business Week that users will likely have to rely on Gmail for push email support, at least initially. He also remarks on…