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Microsoft applications come to Nokia’s Symbian OS

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has unveiled the next update to the Symbian^3 phone operating system, known as the codename ‘Belle’, will feature free Microsoft Office applications.

Nokia’s Symbian ‘Belle’ was announced at the tail-end of August as the successor to the latest Symbian OS known as ‘Anna’ – which has only recently begun being deployed to existing Symbian^3 handsets, in the N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 phones.

The upcoming platform from the Finnish will have a free tool known as Microsoft Apps, which is a suite of Microsoft productivity applications for compatible Nokia smartphones.

The Microsoft Apps will include Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile, OneNote, PowerPoint Broadcast and Microsoft Document Connection which provides Microsoft SharePoint access.

In another update in the first half of 2012 Microsoft will introduce Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications and for the first time outside of the Windows platform.

Microsoft Apps will be available by the end of Q4 this year, for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia Oro mobile phones.

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