One of the things Windows Mobile and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile operating systems have going for them is that they ship with Office Mobile. This app allows users to create, view, and to some degree edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. And now it looks like Microsoft may be preparing to launch Office Mobile for other smartphone platforms.
WMPowerUser found a job listing (which has since been filled) for a development engineer that mentioned plans to bring Office Mobile to “hundreds of millions of Nokia smartphone users,” and eventually to other leading platforms as well — which could mean iOS, BlackBerry, Android, and/or WebOS. On the one hand, this would take away some of the competitive advantage from Microsoft’s mobile operating systems. On the other hand, it’s a good way to keep users locked into the Microsoft Office ecosystem.
There’s no word on when Office Mobile for Nokia Symbian phones or other platforms might be available and if it would be free or available for purchase. And it’s possible that nothing will ever come of this job posting. But it sure looks like Microsoft is planning to expand its mobile office suite to other platforms. The company has already released several apps for iPhone, so it’s not unprecedented to see Microsoft develop mobile apps for competitors’ operating systems.
via Download Squad