Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions



    
    Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related
    communications and collaboration software and services to Nokia
    smartphones.




    
    NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /CNW/ -- The worldwide leader in software and the
world's largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is
set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile
productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and
Nokia's Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Oistamo announced the
agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity.
This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this
scope and nature.
    

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    Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin
collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of
productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office
Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device
management software to Nokia's Symbian devices. These solutions will be
available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company's
business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market
these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.

    Both Microsoft Corp. and Nokia possess a rare combination of enterprise
experience and consumer understanding and, in addition to the collaboration on
existing software and services, will use these assets to jointly design a
range of new user experiences for future Nokia devices. These experiences will
be identified together, and will be created by dedicated teams inside both
companies to better meet the growing needs of the mobile professional.

    "With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the
world's largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us," said
Elop. "Today's announcement will enable us to expand Microsoft Office Mobile
to Nokia smartphone owners worldwide and allow them to collaborate on Office
documents from anywhere, as part of our strategy to provide the best
productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser."

    "If you are going to provide a seamless and integrated productivity
experience on a mobile device, Microsoft is an ideal partner," said Oistamo.
"Together with Microsoft, we will develop new and innovative user experiences
for employees of small and large businesses alike, ensuring Nokia's
smartphones are an integral part of the office and home-office environment,
and addressing the significant opportunity in mobile enterprise productivity."

    This announcement builds on the existing work Nokia is doing by
optimizing access to e-mail and other personal information with Exchange
ActiveSync. Next year, Nokia intends to start shipping Microsoft Office
Communicator Mobile on its smartphones, followed by other Office applications
and related software and services in the future. These will include:
    

    --  The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more
        devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft
        Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
    --  Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing
        and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
    --  Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft
        SharePoint Server

    --  Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center


    
    "Having these two major players cooperating at this level will help us
continue to meet our customers' needs and reinforces our future business
mobility strategy," said Diane Sanchez, head of Telefonica USA.

    "The scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and potential
value for the enterprise and individual is significant," said Stephen Drake,
VP of Mobility & Telecom at IDC. "By bringing Microsoft's productivity
solutions to Nokia's large customer base, the two companies should be better
able to serve the needs of the growing mobile worker population, which IDC
estimates to reach 1 billion worldwide in 2011."

    Additional press materials and photos can be found at
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass and http://www.nokia.com/press/.
    

    About Nokia
    
    Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading
maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different
ways -- fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable
people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive
digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services
for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.
    

    About Microsoft
    
    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.
    





    




For further information:

For further information: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom
Worldwide, +1-503-443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, for Microsoft; or Nokia
Communications, +358 7180 34900, press.office@nokia.com


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