What will we see in the Microsoft – Nokia press conference?
There is talk of some kind of deal between Nokia and Microsoft with most speculation that an official Microsoft Office client may come to Nokia devices. Have you ever used the rather limited native Office mobile software on a Windows Mobile device? It just gives you basic functionality and usually ends up messing up the format of original documents and for me gets used mostly just as a viewer. Quickoffice is a MUCH better client on Nokia devices than the comparable native Office mobile product on Windows Mobile devices.
Now, on most devices Nokia just gives you the viewing capability of Quickoffice, which is fine for most people. However, not having editing capabilities out of the box on the flagship (and very expensive) Nokia N97 is just unacceptable so if this announcement means we can get editing capabilities on future Nokia devices out-of-the box then it may be something worthwhile.
Nokia and Microsoft have worked together on the past with Exchange ActiveSync and some Windows Live partnerships so it is not like either one of these powerhouses is giving up their mobile platforms just to work out a software deal. Microsoft wants to get their Office product everywhere and may be working with all mobile operating system companies to improve the mobile experience.