Microsoft has just ported its Office Communicator suite to Symbian and Nokia will offer it from its Ovi store to E72 and E52 users.
Some already foresee that the next move will be a WiMo device from Nokia. > See telecom.com article.
I believe they are totally misunderstanding this move.
First, there is already a communicator client for 18 months for … BlackBerry devices. > See RIM website
Microsoft is just adapting its product to the demand and Nokia is the main player in the enterprise space with RIM.
Secondly, this is an acknowledgement that Microsoft has failed with Windows Mobile in the enterprise market. Anyway Microsoft is no longer interested in this market : with its Kin devices and Windows Phone 7 OS, Microsoft is now focusing on consumers from 10 to 40 years old.
At the launch of Windows Phone 7, by the end of 2010, CIO will have no choice but to stay with the ageing WM6.5 platform or migrate to another one but definitely not WM7 as there will be no way to run the business application they have developed internally and even worse no way to side load them. Hence, one can expect very strong enterprise sales from RIM and Nokia in Q4 and Q1. (buy some shares 😉 )
What is really puzzling, is the Microsoft approach to the mobile market. They are always chasing someone: previously RIM, now Apple and Android but never following their own way. Let’s bet that if they change their mind again in 18 months from now, gaining back the CIOs to Windows Mobile will be tough.