Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Grab your Nokia N8, Microsoft rolls out native Office applications

Last September I wrote about the announcement that Microsoft apps were coming to Symbian Belle devices and today Nokia announced a software update for several devices that provides Microsoft Office in a native application.

It looks like it is time to pull out my orange Nokia N8 and give it a test run. I am especially interested in trying out Excel with my N8 connected via HDMI to a larger display. I mentioned several innovations still present in Symbian devices and there is still a place for such powerful devices.

Over the years, I have used various 3rd party Office clients and they do a good job for mobile use. Over on the Nokia Conversations site Dinesh Subramaniam mentions a bit about two modules of Office for Symbian Belle:

If you’re a Word user, you’ll appreciate the fact that with Word mobile, you can save or send documents while preserving tables, SmartArt and charts, or the pinch/zoom functionality to easily view and edit documents.

In PowerPoint mobile, you can edit presentation texts and speaker notes, or use the Outline view to quickly browse through slides. With Excel mobile, you can create charts, or insert formulae and view rich data and charts from anywhere.

With the upcoming Nokia PureView device with 41 megapixel camera, it is nice to see Symbian still being supported on some level by Nokia.

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