Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Microsoft and Nokia expected to bring Office to Nokia phones

Microsoft and Nokia are expected to announce on August 12 details of a distribution agreement for Microsoft’s Office on Nokia mobile phones.

Microsoft has yet to field a test build of its Office 2010 for Mobile product. It also still not provided testers with access to its promised Office Web Apps, the browser-based Office 2010 complements of a number of its Office apps.

It’s not clear whether Nokia will preload a customized version of Office Mobile on select models of the company’s phones or simply offer Office Web Apps access — which any vendor with a cellphone with a browser will be able to do — or do both. On August 11, Microsoft officials declined to comment.

Microsoft and Nokia are expected to share more specifics about the Office deal during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft Business Division, and Kai Oistamo, executive vice president for Nokia Devices, are slated to announce the terms of the partnership.

Microsoft and Nokia announced a deal in 2008 via which the pair would work on a port of Silverlight to Nokia mobile phonesrunning the Symbian operating system. The year before, Microsoft and Nokia inked a deal to makeWindows Live service available on select Nokia phones.

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