Nokia and Microsoft are aiming to give enterprises and business users greater control over access, use and distribution of company data with the launch of Microsoft Apps for Symbian Belle phones later this year.
The free to download Microsoft Apps will add Lync Mobile, OneNote, PowerPoint Broadcast and Document Connection, which provides Microsoft SharePoint access, to Symbian Belle phones, namely Nokia’s N8, C7, C6-01, E7, E6, X7, 700 (pictured), 701, 600 and Oro.
An update in the first half of 2012 will launch Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications for the first time outside the Windows platform.
Nokia also said enterprises would be able to control their Symbian Belle devices through Microsoft’s system center configuration manager in 2012.
OneNote offers note taking with images and syncs with Microsoft SkyDrive. Lync provides instant messaging, presence, audio and web meetings on the go. Document Connection gives a single view of all documents stored on the mobile, including email attachments as well as documents on SharePoint 2010 sites, while PowerPoint Broadcast allows user to view broadcasts of presentations directly from PC to mobile.