Every now and then, Microsoft does something that reminds us why they've been the top dog for so very long. Microsoft and Nokia announced their global alliance earlier this month, and today we're finally learning just what that alliance will mean. Boy Genius states that Microsoft has confirmed that their free Online Office applications will be available on mobile devices as well.
This means that if, for example, you use MS Word, you'll be able to upload your documents online (like with Google docs) and access them with your mobile phone. From your smartphone you'll be able to edit or add to the document at your will. The same will be true with Excel, or any other Office Web applications. This will be a godsend for businesses looking for comprehensive computing solutions, which is exactly why Microsoft is doing it.
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Microsoft will bring native office support first and foremost to Symbian handsets, due to their deal with Nokia. However, the wording of their statement ( “mobile browsers will be supported for Office Web applications” ) is a pretty clear sign that they have bigger plans than just Nokia. Microsoft wants to stomp down on Google Docs hard. Offering better, more comprehensive mobile support than Google does is a fine place to start.