After signing the definitive agreement with Microsoft to build a new global mobile eco-system, Nokia has announced the arrival of select Microsoft services for Symbian users. The company has said that it will be offering free updates to its Symbian Belle operating system, featuring Microsoft Apps providing Microsoft productivity applications suite to compatible phones including the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia Oro.
Scheduled to be available at the end of Q4 for the on going financial year, with broad consumer availability in early 2012, the updates require no additional infrastructure and will be delivered via the software update utility over the air or via PC download.
The applications that will be available with the update include:
– Microsoft OneNote: An application which supports note taking alongside images, featuring sync support with Microsoft SkyDrive.
– Microsoft Lyn 2010 Mobile: An IM service that supports audio and web meetings.
– Microsoft Document Connection: An application that features single view for documents on mobile along with email attachments and SharePoint 2010 sites.
– Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast: This allows users to view power point presentations directly from PC to mobile.
A subsequent update will offer Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications with features like Microsoft OneNote sync with SharePoint(in addition to SkyDrive). Nokia is also working with Microsoft to provide mobile device management of Symbian Belle devices through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012. While Nokia 700, 701 and 600 are expected to launch soon with Symbian Belle, other phones will receive the Belle update in Q4.
This is the first time that Microsoft has extended its office and productivity applications outside the Windows and Windows Phone platforms, in line with its agreement with Nokia that extends collaboration beyond just hardware. Nokia’s first Windows Phone based handsets are expected to launch, before the end of this year. Nokia had earlier reiterated that it is committed to support Symbian and plans to ship 150 million Symbian powered smart phones in the current year.
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