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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 13, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    Microsoft, Nokia team up

    Ciara O'Brien

    Another week, another unholy alliance. Hot on the heels of the “Micro-hoo” deal comes the news that Nokia is to join forces with Microsoft to try to oust the Blackberry as the phone of choice for the business market.

    That Nokia and Microsoft are teaming up is probably significant enough in itself. The two have been rivals in the market for a long time.

    But it seems that they’ve decided that by uniting, they’ll be able to put up more of a fight than working against each other on their own.

    Under the new deal, MS applications such as Word will be developed for Nokia devices, giving users the opportunity to create and edit Word documents, for example, while on the move.

    The E series phones are said to be first to get the new applications.
    But will people actually move from RIM – with its tried and tested business phone – to Nokia and Microsoft? Especially considering that they haven’t yet managed to do it, despite their considerable experience in their respective fields.

    While some experts are predicting that the deal won’t worry RIM unduly, others are adopting a “wait and see” approach.