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Microsoft and Nokia announced plans today to team up to deliver Microsoft mobile software solutions to the Finnish manufacturer’s Symbian smartphone operating system. As part of the alliance, Microsoft will develop Office Mobile for Symbian and integrate additional communication and collaboration software into Nokia smartphones.
Microsoft software will first be available on Nokia’s line of Eseries business phones, but will become significantly more widespread on Nokia smartphones in the future. Nokia’s renewal of its license with Microsoft Exchange Active Sync marks the beginning of this alliance. The handset manufacturer says it will begin including Microsoft Office Communicator on its smartphones next year, and will add other Office applications and software for Symbian in the near future.
Although Windows Mobile and Symbian are undoubtedly competing mobile operating systems, both Microsoft and Nokia have stressed that they will remain focused on their respective operating systems. Reportedly, there are no plans currently in the works to develop a Windows Mobile-based Nokia device.