Nokia has announced a partnership with Microsoft to launch Microsot Office Communicator Mobile applications on smartphones next year.
Under the partnership agreement, Microsoft and Nokia will collaborate to produce designs and jointly market the applications.
The partnership is the first of its kind for Microsoft which will see it develop applications for another platform.
Nokia said it is still “very commited” to its Symbian platform.
Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop said: “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.”
Nokia executive vice president for devices Kai Oistamo said: “If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner.
“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.”
Nokia will begin shipment of the Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones next year and will have further applications rolled out thereafter.
Other Office applications and related services for future release include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote for mobile.
Also available in future releases will be enterprise instant messaging, mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on the Microsoft SharePoint Server and enterprise device management with Microsoft System Centre.
Head of Telefonica USA Diane Sanchez said of the partnership: “Having these two major players cooperating at this level will help us continue to meet our customer’s needs and reinforces our future business mobility strategy.”
IDC vice president of mobility and telecom Stephen Drake added: “The scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and potential value for the enterprise and individual 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 1 billion worldwide in 2011.”