Microsoft, Nokia Team on Mobile Projects

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It's official: Microsoft will move Office to Nokia's Symbian platform along with unspecified other "business communications, collaboration, and device management software."

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It appears the companies want to make it easier for Nokia phone users to sync e-mail, documents, and other material with the Microsoft applications on their computers. The capability will come first to Nokia's e-Series of phones.

The pair touted the Exchange ActiveSync function to synchronize data across platforms, something they first discussed nearly five years ago.

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In today's announcement, Nokia representatives said Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile will start shipping on its smartphones next year, with other Office applications and services following. The companies said the new functions will include:

  • The ability to read, create, edit, and share Office documents on mobile versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote
  • Enterprise instant messaging and conferencing using Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
  • Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

(More information to come)

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