Microsoft and Nokia on Wednesday announced an alliance to deliver an enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Under terms of the agreement, the industry giants are collaborating on the design, development and marketing of productivity software solutions for mobile workers, including plans to bring Microsoft Office Mobile, Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia's Symbian devices.
Microsoft and Nokia plan to make these solutions available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones, beginning with the Nokia Eseries business-focused devices. The goal is to leverage each company's strengths to design new user experiences for Nokia devices. The companies will market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.
Seamless, Integrated Productivity
"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."
The joint announcement builds on existing work Nokia is doing to optimize access to e-mail and other personal information through Exchange ActiveSync. Next year, Nokia said it plans to start shipping Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones, followed by other Office applications and related software and services.
The planned software and services include the ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft OneNote. Additional services include enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experiences with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile, mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server, and enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center.
Serving Mobile Workers
"If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner," said Nokia 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."
According to Stephen Drake, vice president of mobility and telecom at IDC, the scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and the potential value for the enterprise and individuals is significant. "By bringing Microsoft's productivity solutions to Nokia's large customer base, the two companies should be better able to serve the needs of the growing mobile worker population, which IDC estimates to reach one billion worldwide in 2011."