In past, Nokia collaborated with Microsoft, adopted Windows Phone as its principal smartphone OS strategy. Nokia today announced that they will be delivering series of Symbian software updates to Belle smartphones called Microsoft Apps. Microsoft Applications including PowerPoint, Word, Excel for Windows Phone will be extended on Nokia’s Symbian Belle Smartphones. According to Nokia, these updates are designed to add some business productivity tools for Symbian Belle smartphones.
By the end of this year, Nokia will be releasing following free Microsoft Apps update that you can download from your Nokia phone:
Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile – For cost efficient IM, rich presence, audio conferencing, and access to multiple communication modes from a single, easy-to-use interface.
Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast – Quickly broadcast or share your PowerPoint presentations directly from PC to other mobile devices.
Microsoft OneNote – Create searchable notes with text, pictures, bullets, and checkboxes. Then keep your notes in sync using free Windows Live SkyDrive cloud storage to access, edit and manage them from virtually anywhere, from your PC or almost any web browser.
Microsoft Document Connection – Provides single view to access documents stored on mobile, including email attachments as well as documents on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 sites.
In early 2012, a further update will be made available which will allow OneNote to sync with SharePoint, and will additionally bring native Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications to Symbian.
With this announcements Nokia confirmed that it has not done making investments and introducing innovation into the Symbian platform. There will be more updates in 2012 and more devices to come and Nokia will provide software support to Symbian until at least 2016.
Existing Nokia Symbian devices that will be able to get the apps include the Nokia N8, C6-01, C7, E6, E7, X7, 700, 701, 600 and Oro.