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Microsoft to make Nokia phones more productive

Alliance will see Microsoft’s Office suite of applications available on Nokia phones

Microsoft to make Nokia phones more productive
Alliance will see Microsoft’s Office suite of applications available on Nokia phones.

Microsoft and Nokia have joined hands to design, develop and market mobile productivity solutions for use on Nokia handsets.

The partnership will see the latest online versions of Microsoft’s Office suite of applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - available on Nokia Symbian devices, starting with their corporate Eseries line.

“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.” Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop said in a company statement.

Nokia needs a boost - earlier this year RIM announced its global BlackBerry subscriber base had risen to 28.5 million, while Apple revealed that it sold 5.2 million iPhone units in its third quarter alone.

Nokia will start shipping Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones next year, followed by other Office applications, which will also include an enterprise instant message feature similar to the popular BlackBerry Messenger. However there’s no word yet on when the Microsoft-enabled Nokia phones will be made available in the Middle East.

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