Mobile Productivity Is the Purpose of the Microsoft-Nokia Alliance
Article by George Norman
On 13 Aug 2009
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft and Finnish multinational communications corporation Nokia have announced that they formed an alliance with the goal of developing an enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. The two companies announced that they embarked on this alliance, a first time thing for Microsoft as well as Nokia, because they share a common vision for mobile productivity.

The bottom line of this alliance is this: Microsoft and Nokia will work together to put Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications on Nokia’s Symbian. Several Nokia developed smartphones will feature this productivity solution, starting but not limited to the E-series. Whatever solution Microsoft and Nokia come up with, it will be marketed to businesses, carriers, and individual users. The alliance was announced by Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö.

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“With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us. 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,” commented Stephen Elop.

“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,” commented Kai Öistämö.

Nokia plans to ship smartphones equipped with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile as soon as next year. On top of that, the company also plans to ship other Office software apps and services which will come with the following functionality:
- View, edit, create and share Office documents via mobile-specific versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote.
- Enterprise-grade instant messaging, optimized conferencing collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile.
- Access to intranet and extranet portals via Microsoft SharePoint Server.
- Enterprise-grade device management thanks to Microsoft System Center.



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