News: Nokia And Microsoft To Join Forces For New Mobile Office Suite


This is just quick tidbit that has been going around the interwebs today. Will this affect the Nokia E71? I don’t think so. But then again Microsoft Office Mobile is pictured on the E71 above so who knows. I’m sure many of you will be Eseries fans for a long time so you eventually will see the fruits of this deal. Nokia & Microsoft have announced today their new partnership to bring an official Microsoft Office Mobile Suite to Nokia smartphones, starting with the Eseries.

From the press release:

NEW YORK — Aug. 12, 2009 — The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.

More here.

Some of the features will include:

  • The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
  • Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
  • Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

I think most people are happy with QuickOffice already, but it seems this new partnership will bring more to the table.

What are your thoughts on this?

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