Symbian getting Microsoft Apps in Q4, Office coming in 2012

Symbian getting Microsoft Apps in Q4, Office coming in 2012
We have to admit it, Nokia did well in making us believe that Symbian is a burning platform. That’s why we can totally understand some people’s understanding that the phone maker will turn its back on Symbian as soon as the first Windows Phone devices hit the market. But it seems that those statements have fired back hard at Nokia and it’s going to great lengths trying to convince everyone that Symbian is cool again with major updates like Symbian Belle and new devices.

The latest argument for Symbian? Microsoft productivity apps. The Microkia partnership seems to be giving its first fruitage on Symbian with Microsoft Lync 2010 Mobile, PowerPoint Broadcast, OneNote and Document Connection arriving in Q4 2011 on all newly announced Belle devices including the Nokia 700, 701 and the Nokia 600, as well as on those handsets eligible for the Belle update. Not a huge surprise knowing Nokia’s chief executive’s background running MS Office, is it? In 2012, the Office heavyweights - Word, Excel and PowerPoint - will arrive on Belle devices as well.

This seems like a double-edged move from Nokia as on one hand it’s a free Office suite, which is always welcome, while on the other it will help Symbian users get used to a Microsoft environment, and make a possible future transition to Windows Phone easier. Espoo has confirmed its intention to continue supporting Symbian at least until 2016, which is good news for the loyal users. At the same time, the first Nokia Windows Phone devices are expected to hit the market soon, and we’ve already seen the first leaks of a possible Nokia 703, looking much like the Sea Ray prototype spotted earlier. But back to Symbian - does the addition of Microsoft Apps makes a real difference for Symbian? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Nokia Conversations

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12 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I was the one who tipped about this : P This news came out yesterday.

2. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I'm not clear if tech bloggers do not get the strategy or that they are just looking for good copy for the headlines. Clearly both Nokia and MS view Symbian as a strategic bridge. The better the bridge, the less likely loyal Symbian users will fall into the waters of competing ecosystems. These waters are deep and MS & Nokia know that retrieving lost consumers from their depths is a daunting task. Therefore it makes complete sense that Nokia and MS will bolster Symbian until such time that WP can fully support multiple price points. In the meantime, Symbian users will now start to reap the benefits of this alliance in ways that will more likely draw them to upgrading WITHIN the ecosystem over time. Bridges have endings...and Symbian has an effective shelf life. But as long as Nokia continues to drive the platform under this comprehensive strategy, Symbian is no longer "burning". I think the confusion was driven mostly by an internal memo calling for a dramatic change in strategy. Had Nokia done nothing, then yes, in hindsight it does seem more likely that the platform would still be "burning" at this juncture. Bottom line...it's no longer a platform...it's a bridge...and a very nice one at that.

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I believe you are right with symbian as a bridge for WP7. But the problem for Nokia is, no one want s to buy symbian anymore because of a incompetant Mr. Elop. Therefore it won't help much as a bridge for WP7.

5. lolwut unregistered

Is that from the US market or over the globe u referring to? Maybe u not notice it yet, but nokia steadily been selling it's phone at most part of the world, espeacially asian region, thanks to the rolling out of the new symbian belle phones as well as belle update, not to mention the soon to be release nokia WP7 phone. On another note, I'm waiting for the N9 to come to my country next week :)

4. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

I can see that you took the time to analyze and understand the strategic not like the other writters that don't even take their time to better understand what exactly Nokia is doing. The writters will just post whatever they see on the on the blogosphere, so I agree with you Stoli89

7. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Let us not forget Symbian has commanded the smartphone platform world for eons and still tops the sales out there, especially when it comes to budget Nokia smartphones. Pity it hasn't been making money for Nokia when it comes to high end devices such as the N8 and C7, which were tipped to for great reception because of the top end features they have. All this whilst aiming to compete with Android and iOS. I mean just compare the average pricing for Nokia smartphones to that of the iPhone. This sure is a difficult battle for Nokia's Symbian. Even when the number of apps have increased slightly but they cannot attract more developers to the platform in order to compete more with Android Market and AppStore and make money for developers. The news of Nokia WP7 sure did have a negative effect on Symbian and Nokia have made significant strides to make Symbian attractive again. I hope it achieves that until the said 2016 final death of Symbian.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Just as a thought to chew on.... is the 2016 "death date" something they can adapt to? Seeing as that is still over 4 years way, is it too late for Nokia to just launch W7, make it their main platform, but keep a small supported line of Symbian going? As I am in the US, and Nokia is not huge here, I am generally asking.

9. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Samsung made pathway to android, Nokia will do the same with WP7. Waiting for first WP7 from nokia. Love you Nokia

10. Arqjavcr unregistered

There's something that people are not counting on,Nokia sells are not just for Europe or the US,there're more regions in the world that uses Nokia phones,like Asian and Latin-american regions,they have great success here I now because I'm from Costa Rica and Nokia is # 1 here,there's more of a cell phone than just having the latest Os and the one with the most apps,is about quality and using something that is easy and yet functional, there are some people that doesn't care if the phone has an mp3 player,gps,internet,a camera,the latest apps, as long has they can make calls and send text messages people are happy, believe me, I now because I see it all over my country of course there are some people that want's the latest gadgets,one of the big thing people look for in a phone now is the camera has long as it saids 8 mp or 12mp there are going to buy it no matter the brand.(I'm an Android user my self.)

12. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

People tend to forget that there are more countries out there besides USA and Europe. That's why Nokia is the biggest phone manufacturer.

11. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Snowgator, it's not late for Nokia to do that but I think they don't want to lose Symbian fans, hence the transition period and the introduction of Microsoft apps to Symbian. They wish to retain that following and get them to buy the WP7 phones they will be launching. But I also don't understand why they wanna quit on symbian. If they keep making mid and low range smart/feature phones, and make mid/high end WP7- they can still make a lot of money. In MEA (Middle East and Africa), Nokia still commands a large following with RIM- even larger than Android. This is the market where iOS and Android have failed but they are an option for a lucky few who reside in Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa (I'm from S.A) because these economies are booming so manufacturers can't really ignore. But Nokia have it tough though. It will still be hard to sell WP7 to MEA because they mainly bought mid range smart/feature phones.

13. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

"they don't want to lose Symbian fans" Believe me, no Symbian fan is going to buy a WP7 with it's current UI. Just go read at nokia conversations what all the symbian fans think about WP7...

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