Those of us who wish that OneNote Mobile was available on more phones will be watching this news with interest:
Microsoft and Nokia have entered into an alliance that is “set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity”. They will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications software to Nokia’s Symbian OS smartphones, starting with the business-focussed Eseries. The two companies will jointly market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals. Read on for further details on today’s announcement.
The high profile part of the announcement sees an agreement for Microsoft to bring ‘Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications’ to Nokia phones. The Microsoft Office portion will include read and edit versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. Microsoft’s Stephen Olop noted this was a very significant announcement, ‘it is the first time Microsoft will develop an Office solution for another smartphone platform’. Currently the Office solution on Nokia phones is provided by Quickoffice, it is currently unclear how the new alliance will affect Nokia’s licensing agreements with Quickoffice.
The alliance also includes collaboration on back-end software. For example, the ability to work collaboratively via Microsoft’s Sharepoint solution was discussed. Nokia phones will also be integrated into Microsoft System Center, which helps companies manage their IT infrastructure. This includes the ability to deploy and remotely manage Nokia devices as part of an end to end enterprise solution. Both companies expect the collaboration to extend and broaden into other areas over time.
However, long term, the most significant part of the alliance may be the level of future co-operation and collaboration between the two companies. Both Nokia and Microsoft emphasised that this is a long term partnership and that they are most excited about the products that are yet to be created. The two companies intend to work together to create the next generation of communication and productivity tools. A key focus area will be unified communications. The alliance is ‘way beyond documents and email… it is about creating new user experiences and new ground breaking soutions’ according to Microsoft’s Stephen Olop. Kai Öistämö said, ‘what we have shared today is not the full extent of the alliance… this is about much more than just putting Microsoft software on Nokia phones. We are here to address the significant opportunity in the enterprise market and will be collaborating on the enterprise tools of tomorrow’.