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Nokia brings Microsoft Office to Symbian Belle

No longer exclusive to Windows Phone
Tue Apr 10 2012, 17:09

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has announced that Microsoft Office is now available on its Symbian Belle operating system.

This is excellent news for the handful of consumers that own a handset running Nokia's latest iteration of Symbian, as the release sees Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint coming to the now obsolescent OS. This means that the apps are no longer exclusive to Nokia's Windows Phone devices, which include the Lumia 610, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900.

"Until now you could only get the full Microsoft Office Mobile app on Windows Phone, but not anymore," reads a blog post at Nokia Conversations.

"We are happy to announce that from today, the Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01 will also get this much sought after collection of productivity apps. You can get them using the Nokia Software Update tool on your smartphone, or connecting your phone to the Nokia Suite on your PC."

The handset maker said that this Microsoft Office app suite "isn't just for show" and enables users to perform tasks such as rework presentations, download and share Excel spreadsheets and easily view and edit Word documents.

Nokia added that Microsoft Office will also be coming to the Nokia N8, E6 and 500 handsets, although it did not announce any availability dates. µ


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