Microsoft Office apps coming to Nokia Belle phones

Nokia and Microsoft have a very tight relationship. That's evident in the Windows Phone-based Lumia devices that Nokia is currently selling. Now even owners of non-Windows Phone Nokia products can get some Microsoft software products inside. In a post on Nokia's official blog, the company announced that owners of some smartphones running on Nokia Belle (formerly Symbian) can now download a number of Microsoft Office apps.

Specifically, a new automatic software update will add those Microsoft Office apps to the following devices: the Nokia E7, the Nokia C7, the Nokia C6-01, the Nokia X7, the Nokia Oro, the Nokia 700, the Nokia 701, and the Nokia 603.  The Nokia N8, Nokia E6 and Nokia 500 smartphones will get the same update at a unnamed later date.

The actual apps that will be released for those smartphones are Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Document Connection, Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile and Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast.  Nokia is also promising even more apps in the Microsoft Office family will be added for Nokia Belle owners in the near future. The blog states:

For the first time ever, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be made available as native applications in a smartphone, outside Microsoft’s own platforms.

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for practical business use the E7-00 is still a seriously viable choice. Nokia has always had deep integration with MS products/services and as said before Symbian and Meego are far from dead or abandoned. I fact Bell makes an E7 or N8 a very smooth operating phone and these addons will give them a very serious business link..

for practical business use the E7-00 is still a seriously viable choice. Nokia has always had deep integration with MS products/services and as said before Symbian and Meego are far from dead or abandoned. I fact Bell makes an E7 or N8 a very smooth operating phone and these addons will give them a very serious business link..

What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.

Cyborg_X said,
What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.

to hold the existing customers for a while to cover all ranges with WP

to show case how WP can be more powerful by giving small apps like these

Cyborg_X said,
What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.

they have sold millions of these phones and want people to start using microsoft services before they upgrade over the next year or 2.. its kind of dumb if nokia belle phones use more google services and then expect people to switch to windows phone

Lachlan said,

they have sold millions of these phones and want people to start using microsoft services before they upgrade over the next year or 2.. its kind of dumb if nokia belle phones use more google services and then expect people to switch to windows phone

I wouldn't expect them to use google but I see your point on getting current users hooked into the services.

Cyborg_X said,
What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.

I don't think so.
The newly launched system center 2012 has features to allow symbian devices to connect to corporate networks.

I think it was a concession MS had to make in the Nokia deal..... Support our Symbian while we ramp up your Windows Phone production.

Cyborg_X said,
What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.


Symbian is supported until 2016. There are atleast two known OS updates plus a few devices yet to come. Of this Carla is currently being worked on. There are bug reports posted on Nokia Developer where it is tested on existing handsets. Donna is supposed to be a major upgrade and will most probably bring Swipe UI to the platform. N8 successor running Symbian will most likely be unveiled on Feb 27 and Carla devices will most probably be shown only at Nokia World. This whole Symbian is dead today confusion is a result of the CEO failing to/chose not to properly communicate board decision on Feb 11, 2011. Also, these apps were promised a few years back during the S60v5 days as part of a Nokia - MS agreement and is now fashionably late. Atleast they are shipping now.:-)

Cyborg_X said,
What's the point? Isn't Symbian being put out to pasture soon?

Seem like a move that will just confuse new/potential customers.