Microsoft Office for Nokia Symbian phones released

In February, Nokia announced plans to release a version of Microsoft Office for a number of its smartphones running on its Symbian (also known as Belle) operating system. Today, the company announced that Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available to download for the Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01 devices.

The software suite can be downloaded by hooking up those smartphones to a PC and connecting to the Nokia Suite program or by using the smartphone's Nokia Software Update tool. The Microsoft Office apps will also be made available from the Nokia Store in a few weeks.

Microsoft Office will also be released for the Nokia N8, Nokia E6 and Nokia 500 devices at an unnamed later date. In addition, the upcoming Nokia 808 PureView phone, with its 41 megapixel camera, will have Microsoft Office software installed when it goes on sale in Europe and other parts of the world (but not the US) later this year.

This is the first time that the full suite of Microsoft Office apps have been made available for a mobile phone platform outside of Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system (the OneNote app has been available on the iPhone for several months). There have been rumors that Microsoft is working on a plan to release Microsoft Office for Apple's iPad but so far those plans have not been confirmed.

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FMH said,
Pre-installing Office on Symbian devices, might give it the much-needed boost.
Nice strategy!

A much needed boost into oblivion is what Symbian should get.

I agree though that this might fuel things for one purchase cycle and to be honest, I'm glad that MS release Office for a system that might be sinking, but is installed on a lot of handsets nonetheless. Kudos

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

A much needed boost into oblivion is what Symbian should get.

GS:mac


You may not like Symbian but there are people like me who actually love it and consciously choose it over other platforms. Yes, it may have its share of problems like every other OS but for me it more than makes up for it with the functionality it offers. Nobody is forcing you to buy it.

liju said,

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True, it is a really unique OS. Even with really small processors, it gives an unparrallel performance.

liju said,

You may not like Symbian but there are people like me who actually love it and consciously choose it over other platforms. Yes, it may have its share of problems like every other OS but for me it more than makes up for it with the functionality it offers. Nobody is forcing you to buy it.

Hehe, no offense, but Symbian is a sinking ship, developers are jumping from it like the rats and it's fading into oblivion on its own as it is.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for choice and rather would see ANY software ever written to be supported or somehow get replaces GRACEFULLY and properly with something as good or better.
I'm ALL for choice really, so I wasn't dead serious.

If you keep track of my posts you'll know I'm a keeper like nobody else, so you have all my sympathy.
I agree, Symbian always worked for me, too.
I'm happy now that I switched as both Nokia wasn't an option for me anymore and also the OS doesn't suit me that well anymore either.
I'm happy if you're glad to have it and all power to you, may you find a good alternative eventually when you don't get support/a new handset anymore (however soon or late that is) that will make you just as happy.

Peace and cheers on choice and may everyone chose what's best for him/her and be happy with it! ^^

GS:mac

ybrett23 said,
or for ios
Nah...not iOS...you all have Keynote and all that others iWorks crap, why would you want Office? You all claim that iWorks stuff is better than Office, so why lower yourself to an inferior product? Just saying.....

It si nice to see MS playing nice by releasing software for platforms outside the Windows bubble. This is something they have done in the past and it is good to see them continue. As long as they continue, they will remain the world's largest software giant.

TechieXP said,
Nah...not iOS...you all have Keynote and all that others iWorks crap, why would you want Office? You all claim that iWorks stuff is better than Office, so why lower yourself to an inferior product? Just saying.....

It si nice to see MS playing nice by releasing software for platforms outside the Windows bubble. This is something they have done in the past and it is good to see them continue. As long as they continue, they will remain the world's largest software giant.

Yea, my same thought, why would they lower themselves for an inferior product, really... ?

TechieXP said,
Nah...not iOS...you all have Keynote and all that others iWorks crap, why would you want Office? You all claim that iWorks stuff is better than Office, so why lower yourself to an inferior product? Just saying.....

It si nice to see MS playing nice by releasing software for platforms outside the Windows bubble. This is something they have done in the past and it is good to see them continue. As long as they continue, they will remain the world's largest software giant.


Nice way to say that you think all Apple users are close-minded fanboys who don't even look left and right.

Apparently, that's what you do when you talk about Apple users, don't look further than the loud fanboys, you'd might discover "some" (hint hint: majority) sane people who just happen to chose something different than you.

You're quite the hypocrite.

GS:mac

DonC said,
Linux next please.

Lol, like they'd buy it on Linux, half of them just go on about Free Open-Source alternatives to everything, and beetroot juice, and not bathing or whatever Linux Fanboys do now-a-days.

butilikethecookie said,
iOS and Android are coming be patient....It was leaked a little while ago. Funny. MS said it was fake. Guess not

...Microsoft said it was fake after the leak? Why does this Symbian news change anything? Microsoft have had this agreement, in public, for a while now. They've made software for Symbian devices before too, also under prior public agreement, like porting the Silverlight framework over too it.

This is ridiculous. Microsoft are being ******s as usual. They need to release a version of MS office that is compatible my bread toaster. This is useless to me.

Office for WP7 so far the best and simplest to use...and soon full Microsoft Office will be available on Windows 8 ARM

I tried Apple iWorks on iPhone and iPad...very difficult to use, lack features and not to mention it's very expensive

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