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Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel To Be Released On Symbian Handsets And Possibly iOS

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Almost-dead OS gets various of Microsoft’s office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel. It’s also possible they will be released on iOS

Ahead of a possible iOS version of Office, Microsoft have brought Office programs to Symbian

In a somewhat ironic move, Microsoft has brought over three office programs to Nokia’s Symbian platform: Excel, PowerPoint and Word. That’s the OS that Nokia left behind to go with Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft had promised to bring the programs to the operating system back in February this year. At that time the company made OneNote, Document Connection, Lync – which allows multiple forms of communication at one time – ncluding IM – and PowerPoint Broadcast, which allows you to share presentations, available to the OS via software update

The handsets that support the update are the Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro and Nokia C6-01.

Microsoft also said “the functionalities [of the apps] are as close as possible – if not the same – to the Microsoft Office apps on your PC.” Despite the apps coming to the Symbian platform, it almost feels like a token gesture as Microsoft brought the Office Productivity Suite available on Windows Phone.

The apps can be downloaded through the Nokia Software Update tool on compatible Symbian devices.

iOS to get Office?

Along with Office being on Windows Phone 7 and Symbian devices, there have been persistent rumours of iOS devices getting a version of Office (which shouldn’t be such a surprise, because Office is available for Mac and there is the Xbox Live app for iOS).

We reported on the rumours earlier in the month, with sources speaking to ZDNet saying that that there would be a version of Office come to iOS either at the end of this month or the early part of 2013. The reports from ZDNet, and the messages the sources seem to be conveying, pointed towards a likely 2012 release. I honestly don’t see a reason why not.

Drawing attention away from Windows 8? Hardly. Windows 8 is a huge release, not only as the next version of Windows but also because of what it’s introducing: Metro. The OS is making a big push on tablets and cloud, too, so Office for iOS will be notable but hardly mind-blowing.

Windows 8 releases later this year. Users can download the Consumer Preview now.

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Published: Thursday, April 12th, 2012 Last Modified: April 12, 2012

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