Nokia’s alliance with Microsoft this year is obviously leading to big changes within the company’s lineup of smartphones, with the gradual abandonment of Symbian in favor of the Windows Phone platform. Just because Symbian’s being phased-out doesn’t mean there’s nothing new for it, as should be clear from this year’s release of Anna, and the upcoming Belle. There’s one aspect of this partnership we hadn’t really considered: the influence of Microsoft on current Symbian development. It turns out that we’ll be seeing a good deal from Microsoft on that platform, as well, with today’s announcement of Microsoft Apps for Symbian.
These free productivity apps will be coming out beginning later this year. The apps announced so far include Lync 2010 Mobile for instant messaging and teleconferencing, PowerPoint Broadcast for displaying your presentations on-the-go, OneNote for cloud-based note-taking, and Document Connection for accessing written works both locally and in the cloud.
Next year, Nokia promises an update to OneNote adding SharePoint connectivity, as well as what might be the biggest news to come from this announcement: native Symbian versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. For a “dead” OS, this sounds like a pretty decent swan song.