Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices.
These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries.
The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.
It is the first time that the worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer has entered into an alliance of this scope and nature.
“With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us,” said Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop.
“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.”
“If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner,” said Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Oistamo.
“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.”
The officials said both Microsoft Corp. and Nokia possess a rare combination of enterprise experience and consumer understanding and, in addition to the collaboration on existing software and services, will use these assets to jointly design a range of new user experiences for future Nokia devices.-CAJ News