Nokia announced its forthcoming updates to "Symbian Belle" operating system that turn the latest range of smartphones into a mobile office for any business.
"The free updates, called "Microsoft Apps," deliver a suite of Microsoft productivity applications to compatible Nokia smartphones to add to the comprehensive security and manageability features already contained in Symbian Belle. Requiring no additional infrastructure, these apps help add immediate business advantage to the first Symbian Belle devices as well as delivering significant additional value to existing Nokia business customers who upgrade to Symbian Belle," stated Nokia.
"OneNote, Lync 2010, Microsoft Document Connection (which provides SharePoint access) and PowerPoint Broadcast for Nokia Symbian phones will be available by the end of this year. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Nokia Symbian phones are all slated for availability next year," said Pat Fox, senior director of marketing, Microsoft Office.
"These apps will ship via an update to Nokia phones running Symbian Belle, and on new Nokia phones shipping with Symbian Belle."
"This work with Nokia is proof of our ongoing commitment to bring Office to multiple platforms and devices," Pat added.
Microsoft Apps will be delivered via software update over the air or via PC download and will function on the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia Oro.
Additionally, Nokia is working with Microsoft to provide mobile device management of Symbian Belle devices through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012.