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Microsoft, Nokia will bring Office apps to cellphones

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More than a few office workers would be happy if they never saw a spreadsheet again. Try telling that to Nokia, which today announced it would soon make it possible for you to access Microsoft Excel any time of the day – and without the hassle of signing onto your work machine. Here's the deal: sometime in the not-too-distant future, Nokia and Microsoft will begin producing a range of Office applications to cellphones across the States.

According to Nokia, these applications will be available for a "broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries." The apps will be sold to businesses but also to national carriers and individual consumers. The cost of these "solutions," as Nokia oh-so-corporately calls them, has not yet been released – nor has the date when they will become available. Nokia has only said the collaboration will begin "immediately."

“With more than 200 million smartphone customers globally, Nokia is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and a natural partner for us,” Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop said in a statement. “Today’s announcement will enable us to expand Microsoft Office Mobile to Nokia smartphone owners worldwide and allow them to collaborate on Office documents from anywhere, as part of our strategy to provide the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser.”

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