Symbian Devices Get Native Office App from Microsoft

April 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Friendship can work miracles – that is the logic all around. But we never thought it will go such length between Microsoft and Nokia. You may believe it or not, Microsoft has just made its Office app available for Symbian platform.

We thought Symbian was dead when Nokia hugged Microsoft and pledged Windows Phone as its primary platform for future devices. Evidently that is not true.

We confirmed that thought when we found the Finnish phone maker making moves to sell the platform to outsource software development and support activities to Accenture to concentrate more on tailoring its hardware manufacturing expertise to Windows Phone devices.

[Editor’s note: We had earlier referred to The Register that the Symbian OS had been “sold to Accenture so it can concentrate on Windows Phone”.  Our thanks to Ben Payne of Accenture for spotting this factual error.  Here is Accenture’s original press release on the outsourcing deal.]

But, now, the tie up has just made everybody wonder when the software developer come up saying they have developed the Symbian compatible Office for the existing Symbian devices.

According to the Nokia top circles, though Symbian was using third party apps which offered similar features, there is nothing like using the original Office app from Microsoft, which is now possible on Symbian devices.

Nokia responses also tried to give more weight to the announcement by pointing out the added usability and security of an app when comes in native form – or developed to suit a specific platform.

Our readers who own Symbian devices like Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01 can get their hands on the app using the Nokia Software update tool.

The app will be available  from Nokia store within a matter of few weeks. However, the new app is less likely to help Symbian improve its dwindling market share.

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