Microsoft Bring Word, Powerpoint and Excel To Symbian Handsets

Remember that Symbian OS? The one that Nokia so proudly stood by and made them the worlds top mobile phone manufacturer? The one that is now pretty much dead in the water when it comes to the smartphone wars? The one Nokia ditched in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7?

Yes that one, well Microsoft just released Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel for the dying Symbian Belle OS.

In fairness Microsoft had promised to bring their popular productivity suite to the OS back in February when they made OneNote, Document Connection, Lync and PowerPoint Broadcast available to the OS via a software update.

In case you’re wondering if your device can support these programs, here’s the list of supported handsets:

The Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01

Office Mobile apps gives you quick access to your documents so that you can get more done while on the go, or when you’re not using your laptop. And because these apps were created by Microsoft, the functionalities are as close as possible – if not the same – to the Microsoft Office apps on your PC.

Of course, Microsoft have already made the Office Productivity Suite available on Windows Phone, but I guess it is nice for those users still on the Symbian Belle OS to have them as well. You’ll be able to open, edit and save documents just as you normally would, without the need to view them on a laptop or computer.

I’m sure it will come in handy for many, better late than never for a dying OS.

You’ll be able to download these apps using the Nokia Software Update tool on your smartphone.

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