Microsoft Apps coming soon to Symbian

With Nokia’s commitment to make Windows Phone its main smartphone platform, it’s difficult to look at Symbian as anything but a dead man walking. But with the recent release of new Symbian smartphones, powered by the latest ‘Belle’ update to the platform, it almost seems like business as usual for Symbian.

Adding to this perception, Nokia today announced that it will be making available a series of software updates to Symbian Belle, called Microsoft Apps. Nokia describes these as business-focused tools designed to improve productivity on Belle devices. Four Microsoft Apps will be made available this year, free of charge, via the Symbian Software Update app. Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile provides corporate IM and audio/web conferencing.

Microsoft Lync app for Symbian. Image source: All About Symbian

Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast allows users to share PowerPoint presentations from a PC to a small group of additional devices; a link is sent to other users, and with one click, they’ll be watching a synchronised view of your presentation. Microsoft Document Connection offers a connection between mobile and SharePoint 2010 sites for documents and email attachments, while Microsoft OneNote offers an easy note-taking experience with images, and syncing with SkyDrive.

Microsoft Document Connection app for Symbian. Image source: All About Symbian

In early 2012, a further update will be made available which will allow OneNote to sync with SharePoint, and will additionally bring native Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications to Symbian.

Nokia cites these updates as “yet another confirmation that [it is] not done making investments and introducing innovation into the Symbian platform”, and promises further updates and new devices next year, while reaffirming its commitment to provide software support to Symbian “until at least 2016”. It’s perhaps a little dubious to suggest that availing someone else’s apps on your platform is an example of innovation, but for Symbian Belle users, this will no doubt be a welcome addition.

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I have to say I've been using Nokia phones with Symbian for many years now and they seem very stable. This'll help keep people with their "old" phones for even longer using Microsoft apps.

Symbian might be dead but it still is a good OS. It's fast, extremely stable and recently very usable too. The new Meego is even better.

Damn... Microsoft is on its path to selft destruction on Bing and Windows Phone...
make people use service like mail/doc and in turn search... that would be a key factor...
I bought android because 1. its good 2. its deep integration with google service.... provide such service to IOS and Android and not to dead symbian.

still1 said,
Damn... Microsoft is on its path to selft destruction on Bing and Windows Phone...
make people use service like mail/doc and in turn search... that would be a key factor...
I bought android because 1. its good 2. its deep integration with google service.... provide such service to IOS and Android and not to dead symbian.

I feel that the only reason that they are doing this is because of the Nokia-MS deal for future devices

still1 said,
Damn... Microsoft is on its path to selft destruction on Bing and Windows Phone...
make people use service like mail/doc and in turn search... that would be a key factor...
I bought android because 1. its good 2. its deep integration with google service.... provide such service to IOS and Android and not to dead symbian.

Good for you. One question though, if Android has deep integration with Google then why the **** is there a Bing app on Android?

neo158 said,

Good for you. One question though, if Android has deep integration with Google then why the **** is there a Bing app on Android?


The same ****ing reason why google's service has been available in W7.
its not like people abandon one altogether... they might use both and ur choice depends on what you use most.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
WTF is this, Symbian's becoming a zombie now??

Symbian, despite being in decline, is still the second most popular operating system after Android. Not supporting it because you make Windows phone is basically cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Symbian is to mobile operating systems what XP is to Windows. Losing support, but still very popular.