Microsoft Office Apps Coming to Symbian Phones
Written by Alan Thursday, 8 September 2011 09:20
The Symbian mobile OS may be going away, but it won’t go quietly. Perhaps because of Nokia’s deal with Microsoft, they are now going to offer Office Apps. Symbian will be supported through at least 2016, even though Nokia is moving to Windows Phone devices. However, starting soon, the many Symbian users who are still out there will get a lot more functionality out of their devices by installing Microsoft Office Apps Suite.
The new mobile app will bring a great suite of features, including:
- Microsoft Document Connection is for viewing documents on your mobile device. It supports email attachments and SharePoint documents.
- Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast lets you view PC presentations on a mobile device.
- Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile is a communications tool with support for IM, voice, and web conferencing.
- Microsoft OneNote will sync notes with users’ SkyDrive accounts.
They are also promising that a future update will add Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications to Symbian, as well as SharePoint synchronization for OneNote. That will make the Symbian devices almost as Office-functional as Windows Phone itself. Perhaps the plan is to use the remaining time left for Symbian to make it as Microsoft-like as possible. That would make sense for helping to ease the transition for users and try to stem the flow that goes to Android and iOS.