8/12/2009 5:31:00 PM
Nokia and Microsoft form partnership to take on RIM
Nokia and Microsoft have formed a partnership that could allow users to access Office desktop software from their phones.
The deal will see Microsoft Office mobile and business software added to Nokia’s Symbian devices, in a move that puts the manufacturer in direct competition with BlackBerry maker RIM.
The software will be available on Nokia smartphones starting with its business range, the Nokia Eseries. It will be marketed by both companies to businesses, carriers and consumers.
The two companies are now working together to create ‘new user experience’ on Nokia devices, which will potentially include the ability to access a PC through a mobile phone.
Microsoft business division president Stephen Elop said: ‘Today's announcement will enable us to expand Microsoft Office Mobile to Nokia smartphone owners worldwide and allow them to collaborate on Office documents from anywhere, as part of our strategy to provide the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser.’
Nokia's executive VP for devices Kai Oistamo, said: ‘If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner.
‘Together with Microsoft, we will develop new and innovative user experiences for employees of small and large businesses alike, ensuring Nokia's smartphones are an integral part of the office and home-office environment, and addressing the significant opportunity in mobile enterprise productivity.’