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Microsoft Brings Office to Nokia Handsets

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Brings Office to Nokia Handsets

It wasn't quite the big news we were all hoping for...

Microsoft and Nokia held a joint conference yesterday to co-develop exciting smartphones, unveil Nokia's first netbook, announce a version of Microsoft Office for Symbian.

Described in the fanciful terms as "a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity", what we will actually see are Nokia E Series handsets ship with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile and add the ability to view, edit, create and share Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote documents. There will also be mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint server.

This is nice and all, but it's hardly groundbreaking. The likes of Documents to Go, OfficeSuite 5, Quickoffice, Zoho, Google Docs and more provide a large proportion of this functionality now and for free. By contrast, Microsoft's official Nokia support won't come until some point in 2010.

Yes, it seems a strange move to us as well since the deal gives users less incentive to buy a Windows Mobile smartphone (if any more were needed?), but it does at least tie together the largest handset maker in the world with the most ubiquitous productivity software in the world. Everyone move along. Nothing more to see...

In related and mildly amusing news A temporary injunction has been placed on Microsoft selling Word in the US after a patent dispute broke out over the way it handles XML files. Canadian software company i4i (appropriate) won the injunction, but Microsoft will appeal the decision and keep on selling Word for now.

Interestingly, i4i recently got $200m out of Microsoft for patent infringements in May so expect the Redmond giant to be a little concerned. Win, lose or draw however don't expect Word to disappear from shop shelves for even a minute.


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August 13, 2009, 7:50 am

Isn't it funny that companies no one has ever heard of before keep getting all these important patents?


August 13, 2009, 2:20 pm

isn't rare that Microsoft lost a law suit...


August 13, 2009, 2:26 pm

Patent laws are just ridiculous! *rolls eyes*

As for Office, Microsoft need to be pushing it onto every platform possible if they hope to retain dominance.


August 13, 2009, 3:39 pm

i have to admit, that is rather funny..... and to boot Microsoft are disobeying a court order (appeal or no appeal) and continuing to infringe on i4i's patent.

I'm surprised the Word news didnt merit a news article of its own, from what i can tell from BBC the "temporary ban" on sales in the US will continue as long as MS sells any version of the software that can open custom XML files (.xml, .docx, or .docm).


August 13, 2009, 4:27 pm

Love the phone they decided to use to promote the feature...

US patents seem to be a joke from what I can tell. Companies seem to keep popping up to sue MS, Sony and Nintendo over various rumbling mechanisms or sensors or WiFi handling. Apple was awarded the patent for multi-touch. And apparently someone even owns the patent for having a mini-game to play on a loading screen (that one could just be a rumour though).

The world does like being silly sometimes...

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