Rumours of Symbians demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Not only has Nokia committed to delivering 150 million more devices, but they keep displaying signs that they are serious about the OS that once ruled the roost.
The 808 PureView, one of the hottest devices released this year, sporting a 41 MP camera, runs on Symbian Belle, Nokia has continued to release new devices running the OS.
Today, they announced the release of Microsoft Apps for Symbian.
Until now you could only get the full Microsoft Office Mobile app on Windows Phone. For other Nokia devices you had to use Third Party Apps.
The Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01 will get this much sought after collection of productivity apps. My favourite device, the E6 will officially get the app after a while, as will the Nokia N8 and the Nokia 500.
Users of the E63 and other S60 devices will have to remain content with QuickOffice Premier for now.
You can get them using the Nokia Software Update tool on your smartphone, which you can access by dialling *#0000# and selecting “Check for updates” or connecting your phone to the Nokia Suite on your PC.
Below find a short video describing how you perform Software Updates via Nokia Suite.
Office Mobile apps will also be available from the Nokia Store in just a few weeks.
To make full use of the apps outside a corporate environment, I suggest you get a Windows Live ID, a Hotmail account should do. This will grant you access to Microsofts SkyDrive, granting you 25GB of online space. You also need Microfsoft Office 2010 which will allow you to sync documents on your phone with documents on your PC.
This will be important while using OneNote, which is in my view the best app in the bunch for private user (non-corporate users, ie. users who are not connected to a SharePoint server)
How about Quickoffice?
For now, on the evaluation version I have on my E6, Microsoft Apps for Symbian opens Word 2003 documents (i.e. “.doc”, “.xls” ) in read only format, QuickOffice Premier can still open and edit older versions of Microsoft documents, so there’s still room for Quickoffice. It is important to note however that the Nokia 808 will ship with Microsoft Apps for Symbian, possibly without Quickoffice.
Microsoft Apps for Symbian becomes the default app for opening documents, so to use QuickOffice, you have to open the app then navigate to the file you want to open and edit.
For more information on Microsoft Apps for Symbian, download the data sheet from Nokia HERE.