For a dying operating system, Symbian sure has been getting more than its fair share of moments in the sun lately. We’ve been seeing Nokia continue platform development with Belle and Carla, and watched the PureView 808 slap on a camera that puts the offerings on other platforms to shame. Last fall we learned of another lucky break Symbian was about to get, with news of Microsoft developing a series of Office apps for the OS, and a free one at that. Microsoft already got started with the release of a few Office tools a couple months ago, but today we learn of the heavy-hitters, with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint now going out to Belle handsets.
These apps arrive as a phone update for supported Belle models, weighing-in at 50MB. The majority of Belle-running handsets are covered, but you’ll have to wait a bit before the software’s ready for the N8, 500, and E6.
This first release is reportedly a bit rough-around-the-edges, with some compatibility issues working with older Office files. From the sound of things, this suite should let you check out most of your Office docs while on-the-go, but the actual document creation and editing tools are a little light. If Symbian survives long enough, maybe we’ll see something more robust in a future update.