After a long wait, Microsoft is finally making its move properly into the world of push e-mail, and has signed a number of deals with some of the major players in mobile technology including Vodafone and T-Mobile to provide this. The company has also released its push email software.

Direct Push email, improved device management and security for messaging applications will all be available for Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone customers who use Windows Mobile 5.0, all via free upgrades to the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP).

Vodafone will be introducing a number of email-enabled devices incorporating Windows Mobile 5.0 and Direct Push Technology. The service, which is to be known as Windows Mobile Email from Vodafone, will be rolled out in the UK, Germany and Spain. Microsoft has signed a similar deal with T-Mobile which will launch direct push email services on Windows Mobile-based devices in the Netherlands.