Microsoft Apps Like Lync, Skydrive, OneNote Etc Coming To Symbian

Microsoft Apps for Symbian Coming

I’m a tad late on this piece, among others. But anyways, Nokia has announced that some half a dozen Microsoft apps are coming to Symbian, in a blog post. These updates will come to Nokia’s Symbian Belle devices. And unfortunately, that is that much about it. All those users currently on Symbian Anna will also get to have these apps once they upgrade from Anna to Belle, as and when the update arrives. Also, the current crop of Belle devices will get these apps via an update in the fourth quarter.

These are the apps, apparently, that are going to arrive –

  • Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 Mobile – for cost efficient IM, presence, audio and web meetings on-the-go.
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® Broadcast – quick broadcast of presentations directly from PC to mobile.
  • Microsoft® OneNote™ – rich note taking with images. Syncs with Microsoft® SkyDrive®.
  • Microsoft® Document Connection – single view to documents stored on mobile, including email attachments as well as documents on Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 sites.

Skydrive and Microsoft OneNote sync with SharePoint will arrive in early 2012, according to the blog post.

Sounds very cool, more so when these apps will be provided for free. Also noteworthy is the fact that these apps will be available outside of the Windows platform for the first time ever. Also mentioned is that Nokia will continue to support Symbian until at least 2016, and that confuses me even more. Why would you put an expiry date to it and say you’ll support it for the next 4 years at least? In other words, why would you put an expiry date when your intention is to support it in the future as well? Trojan horse… Oh wait.