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Microsoft, Nokia to detail "alliance" tomorrow

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Tue August 11, 2009

MS Nokia Office Tomorrow

Microsoft this evening said it and Nokia together would hold a conference call late tomorrow morning to unveil an "alliance" between the two firms. The two aren't specific about details. As the call will be led by Microsoft Business president Stephen Elop as well as Nokia's executive devices VP Kai Öistämö, however, it's the news may involve the addition of Office apps to Nokia's smartphones, especially its Eseries business models.

Although Nokia has so far never opted to use an OS other than Symbian for its smart devices, the company has steadily grown closer to Microsoft in recent years and has added Exchange sync as well as Windows Live components while promising an as-yet unreleased port of its Silverlight web plugin. Microsoft Office document use has been possible in a basic form on devices like the E75 but has usually required an after-the-fact download.

If related to Office, the move is potentially self-defeating for Microsoft as it would reduce the incentive to buy Windows Mobile devices, which are the only ones to come with an official Microsoft Office document editor. Nokia's diminishing lead in smartphone market share may play a factor, though most Nokia devices also lack support for DataViz' commonplace Documents To Go editor, which provides a similar function on the faster-growing market share of Apple iPhones and RIM BlackBerries.

Nokia is typically the most popular smartphone choice in Asia and Europe but has begun losing share and is almost non-existent in the US, where various BlackBerries and iPhones make up 6 out of the top 10 smartphones sold while Nokia is absent and Windows Mobile occupies the bottom two ranks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That should make it a lot easier for Apple to take out two fools (I mean birds) with one stone.

    Micromorons! LOLLL

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad Nokia!

    Once upon a time there were a Symbian phone that rules Europe and Asia. But after they make an alliance with Microsoft, they just destroy their selfs...

    Nokia could be smarter to join with google instead!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Jarod has sort of beaten me to the punch of a lame duck phone company joining forces with a lame duck software company. Two birds! Quack! Quack!

  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big Deal

    jarod and Feathers said it all!

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nokia's N-series is still killing the iPhone (and WinMob phones) in Europe.

    I don't think this will hurt MS in any way, as it encourages people to stay in the Office world.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft is now in the position of knowing it can't out innovate Apple or Google, so from now on it is going to be partnering with every other company that has a high market share (Nokia, Yahoo) to the point that it will create co-dependencies across the globe. And with Google and Apple success they won't be seen as monopolistic anymore, just ubiquitous. It is trying to branch out while still living off its past success so that if it falls, a lot of others fall as well and they will need to keep it upright.

    It has given up being the giant redwood and now has to be the giant soil fungus!

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