It is now official. Microsoft and Nokia have formally announced a new, groundbreaking partnership that will see the creation of a set of productivity solutions designed specifically for a mobile workforce.
The partnership involves the design, development and marketing of a set of productivity, collaboration and communication solutions for Nokia smartphones, starting with the Nokia Eseries.
What are some of the solutions that will be included in this new mobile partnership?
- Create, edit, view and share Office documents including mobile-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
- Access to SharePoint based Intranets and Extranets
- IM, presence awareness, conferencing and collaboration using Microsoft Communicator Mobile
- Device Management with Microsoft Systems Center
Nokia is the largest smartphone provider with over 200 million customers worldwide, so it does make sense that Microsoft would choose to partner with them to push their mobile solutions to the world.
What is good to know is that there will be dedicated mobile teams within each company working on these mobile solutions and that they are not just an extension of existing product teams. We would expect this means a true effort to deliver truly mobile software.
Mobile solutions have a specific user experience that needs to be considered. Many vendors are already developing mobile-optimized versions of their applications, including business apps for the iPhone.
With explosive growth of the mobile workforce, Microsoft may be primed to take the lead thanks to their partnership. Of course it won't hurt Nokia either.