Nokia and Microsoft add new business mobility capabilities to Symbian Belle smartphones

Nokia announced new updates to its Symbian Belle
operating system. The free updates, called Microsoft Apps, will deliver a suite
of Microsoft productivity applications to compatible Nokia smartphones to add
to the comprehensive security and manageability features already contained in
Symbian Belle. 

Requiring no additional infrastructure, these apps help
add immediate business advantage to the first Symbian Belle devices as well as
delivering significant additional value to existing Nokia business customers
who upgrade to Symbian Belle.

Work is an important part of personal lifestyle,
aspiration and achievement for many people around the world,” said Purnima
Kochikar, VP business mobility, Nokia.

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,” Kochikar added.

Microsoft productivity apps for Nokia Symbian will help
customers remain connected to Microsoft Office documents and services when
they’re on go,” said Pat Fox, senior director of marketing and planning,
Microsoft Office.

Available by the end of 4Q 2011 with broad consumer
availability at the beginning of 2012, Microsoft Apps will bring collaboration and productivity tools including Microsoft Lync
2010 Mobile, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast and Microsoft
Document Connection to Symbian Belle.  An update in the first half of 2012
will introduce Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications for
the first time outside the Windows platform.

Microsoft Apps will be delivered via software update over
the air or via PC download and will function on the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia
C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia

Additionally, Nokia is
working with Microsoft to provide mobile device management of Symbian Belle
devices through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

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