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Nokia to put Microsoft Office on its cellphones

Microsoft and Nokia will today announce a deal that will allow Microsoft’s Office suite to work on Nokia cellphones.

The deal underscores a Microsoft realization that it has to become a little less proprietary in its thinking – its Windows Mobile OS for smartphones is a direct competitor to Symbian, used on many Nokia cellphones.

It also signals that Microsoft has started to realize that there are far bigger threats to its Windows Mobile OS such as those used on the Apple iPhone, Google Android and RIM’s Blackberry devices.

While the Microsoft-Nokia alliance is interesting, the question remains is whether a user of a little cellphone really wants to be running Excel or Microsoft Word while she or he is on the move.

According to news.com, which first reported the news, Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit is expected to make an announcement tomorrow. Office for the iPhone? Perhaps not.