When Nokia and Microsoft have announced about their partnership I (along with all folks) thought soon its end of the Symbian OS saga and today Nokia and Microsoft announced that they will deliver Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps (This is the most shocking and surprising news for me). These updates will add some of the serious and most useful business productivity tools to the new Symbian Belle devices and for those who are planning to upgrade from Symbian Anna to Symbian Belle.
These productive apps will come to Symbian Belle in two phases. In the first update which will be made available in the fourth quarter of this year (Q4 2011) Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile, Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast, Microsoft OneNote (syncs with SkyDrive), Microsoft Document Connection will be released and in the second update which hits in early 2012, apps like Microsoft OneNote sync with SharePoint, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be made available as the native applications. Just make a note that it is the first time these apps are making an entry outside the Windows platform and will be free for Symbian Belle packing. Check Nokia Windows Smartphone.
Nokia commits to support Symbian devices and says “There will be more updates in 2012 and more devices to come and Nokia has already said, we will provide software support to Symbian until at least 2016. Symbian is hugely important to our future ambitions and this latest announcement is just another example of the role that Symbian will play…“.
So all you Symbian lovers stay excited and expect more Nokia & Microsoft combinations.
Do you think Microsoft is doing better by supporting Symbian, is this a right move by this software giant? Post your views on this.