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