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August 12, 2009

Nokia and Microsoft partnership delivers innovation and Symbian delight

NEW YORK, USACo-creation is one of those topics that never fails to ignite sparks of enthusiasm here in the Conversations camp. So today’s news that Nokia has partnered with Microsoft to closely collaborate in the creation of innovative software services for Symbian devices marks an exciting evolutionary step for pocket productivity apps.

This pioneering partnership has been kindled to soon equip Nokia’s Symbian devices with smarter and more advanced features for working on the move. Heaps of Nokia smartphones are primed to benefit over time, with Eseries on the frontline leading the charge and set to showcase the first breed of business services and apps.

Dedicated teams from inside Nokia and Microsoft are now working together to bring this new era of mobile productivity to life on Symbian handsets. This isn’t just conceptual stuff, as both companies are closely collaborating to ensure the software and services are fully co-created, from the design and development of their creations to the marketing to ensure the best possible product ends up proudly in our palms.

Microsoft Office Mobile and its stablemates (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Communicator and OneNote), will be among the first to appear on Nokia’s Symbian smartphones, equipping you with the ability to easily edit and collaborate on Office docs from anywhere around the world.

This collaboration will nurture innovation in future Symbian devices too, as Nokia’s Vice President for Devices, Kai Oistamo, explains:

“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.”

Microsoft’s Business Division President, Stephen Elop, echoed this saying:

“With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us. 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.”

Let us know what you think to this new collaboration between Nokia and Microsoft, and scribble down your musings in the comments section below.