Nokia has announced some new updates to Symbian Belle, adding Microsoft productivity apps such as Powerpoint and Word to Nokia smartphones including the N8.
Called Microsoft Apps the update is entirely free and and provides the phone with productivity apps, to improve the business advantages of the price.
Launching at the end of Q4, the first update brings: Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile, for IM, prescence, audio and web meetings; Microsoft OneNote, for note taking with images and synchronisation with SkyDrive; PowerPoint Broadcast, for viewing broadcasts of presentations from PC to mobile and Document Connection (including SharePoint access).
A second update in 2012 in will bring Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the first time as native applications outside Windows.
Nokia introduced Symbian Belle on three new phones, which added more customisation homescreens and size-adjustable widgets.
Purnima Kochikar from Nokia comments:’Just as the everyday possibilities for social interaction, we wanted to extend the possibilities to manage personal worklife for individuals and employers. Microsoft Apps is another example of Nokia’s ongoing commitment to continue delivering value and innovation to Symbian use.
Pat Fox from Microsoft Office: “Microsoft productivity apps for Nokia Symbian will help customers remain connected to Microsoft Office documents and services when they’re on go,” said
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