Nokia and Microsoft, one time rivals in the mobile phone software market have announced a new partnership.

Starting in 2008, mobile phones from Nokia that operate the S60 and Series 40 platform will come with support for Microsoft PlayReady technology.

PlayReady is a new "content access technology" from Microsoft that claims to make it easy for content owners and service providers to deliver virtually any type of digital content in a "flexible" way to phones.

The content covered includes almost any type of digital content (music, video, games, ringtones, images and more) and a wide range of audio and video formats (including Windows Media Audio (WMA), Windows Media Video (WMV), AAC, AAC+ and H.264).

This technology will mean people can play and share DRM-protected content, in a controlled way, on and between mobile phones, PCs and other devices.