Nokia says its forthcoming Symbian Belle operating system, which is expected by the end of the year, will include a range of Microsoft productivity applications. They’ll be called Microsoft Apps and will include mobile versions of Microsoft Lync and Microsoft OneNote. A further update in the first half of 2012 will introduce Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications.
Purnima Kochikar, VP of business mobility at Nokia, said “Work is an important part of personal lifestyle, aspiration and achievement for many people around the world. Just as Symbian Belle extends the everyday possibilities for social interaction, we wanted to extend the possibilities to manage personal worklife for individuals and employers. Microsoft Apps is another example of Nokia’s ongoing commitment to continue delivering value and innovation to Symbian users.”
The Microsoft Apps update will work on the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia Oro.