Nokia Adding 'Microsoft Apps' to Symbian Belle Phones
Nokia today announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to deliver Symbian software updates called Microsoft Apps to Symbian Belle devices. Using the on-board phone update tools, Symbian Belle devices will have access to a number of Microsoft productivity applications later this year. The apps include: Microsoft Lync for enterprise IM and collaboration; PowerPoint Broadcast for pushing PowerPoint presentations from PCs to mobile phones; OneNote with SkyDrive for note-taking; and Document Connection for viewing Microsoft documents on Symbian Belle phones. In 2012, Nokia says it will add Microsoft OneNote sync with SharePoint as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as native applications. Nokia believes the upcoming availability of these productivity applications proves that it remains committed to supporting Symbian devices. Despite the announcement of several Symbian Belle devices, Nokia will shift its main smartphone business to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Mango platform in the coming months.
T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel
T-Mobile today listed the "Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 VR" on its web site. The unique version of the Idol 4S not only runs Windows 10, but sports many of the upgrades available in the related BlackBerry DTEK60, such as the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C connector, none of which are in the standard Idol 4S.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Outs New Office Apps for iPhone, iPad, Androids
Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its core Office productivity suite across mobile devices. Microsoft is replacing the limited Office app for the iPhone with three brand new apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Samsung Agrees to Preload More Microsoft Apps
Samsung plans to preinstall a wide range of Microsoft's productivity apps on its Android devices moving through the first half of the year. Samsung already announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will have Microsoft's OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype apps on board.
Microsoft Hands Off Nokia Phone App Store to Opera
Microsoft today announced that Opera Software will soon provide the default app store for older Nokia handsets. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, the Opera Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on devices running the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha, and Nokia X operating systems.