Nokia is updating its Symbian Belle operating system, giving users access to Microsoft Apps from their smartphones.
"Microsoft productivity apps for Nokia Symbian will help customers remain connected to Microsoft Office documents and services when they're on the go," said Pat Fox, senior director of marketing and planning, Microsoft Office.
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Available by the end of the fourth quarter this year, Microsoft Apps comprises a suite of collaboration and productivity tools including Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast and Microsoft Document Connection (which provides Microsoft SharePoint access) to Symbian Belle. An update in the first half of 2012 will introduce Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications for the first time outside the Windows platform.
Microsoft Apps will be delivered via software update over the air or via PC download. It 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.
Nokia is working with Microsoft to provide mobile device management of Symbian Belle devices through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012.