Microsoft Apps Coming to Nokia Symbian Belle Smartphones

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is planning to put free Microsoft apps on its Symbian powered Belle smartphones.

The productivity apps, which will be released as an update called Microsoft Apps, will be launched sometime during this year.

The Microsoft productivity applications that will come to Symbian include Microsoft Lync, which will allow users to conduct IM chats and set-up web meetings on the move and Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast, which will let users beam PowerPoint presentations from their PCs to mobile phones.

The free app offering will also include Microsoft OneNote, which will let users take notes with images on their mobile phones. The app will also be able to sync with Microsoft SkyDrive. Nokia will also be offering the Microsoft Document Connection app, which allows users to access documents that are stored on the mobile device and in email attachments.

Nokia also plans an update in 2012, which will bring Microsoft OneNote with SharePoint and also bring Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native apps for Symbian powered Nokia devices.

“If you use your Nokia smartphone for work as well as leisure these apps will transform even the stylish, mass market smartphones we recently launched into a mobile office,” the company said in a blog post.

“These updates are yet another confirmation that Nokia has not done making investments and introducing innovation into the Symbian platform,” it added.