Microsoft to Put Office on Phones From Nokia

Microsoft and Nokia, long adversaries in mobile phone technology, have agreed to a partnership to equip many Nokia cellphones with the Microsoft Office software, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.Microsoft’s lucrative Office line faces an emerging competitive threat from free Web-based word processing, spreadsheet and other software, especially from Google. And consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to do tasks that once could be done only on personal computers, Microsoft’s stronghold.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/technology/companies/12soft.htmlAlso see:Microsoft and Nokia target corporate market
Microsoft and Nokia will on Wednesday announce an alliance aimed at challenging Research In Motion’s lead in the corporate mobile phone market.The Finnish mobile phonemaker is planning to use Microsoft’s Office Mobile suite of software on its smartphones – handsets that double up as mini computers.The partnership could help buttress Nokia’s lead in the smartphone market. The world’s largest mobile phone maker has been losing market share to rivals led by RIM.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/251bb9f0-8726-11de-9280-00144feabdc0.htmlMicrosoft and Nokia Reach a Mobile Agreement
Microsoft Corp. has reached an agreement with Nokia Corp. to make a mobile version of Microsoft’s Office suite of software that works on Nokia cellphones, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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