UC apps go mobile

Extending UC applications to mobile devices is of high interest to many organizations, and most include mobility integration as part of their overall UC strategy. That integration first focused on extending VoIP, IM, UM and conferencing to the mobile worker. Now companies are interested in extending everyday office productivity applications to the mobile workforce as well.

This week we learned that Microsoft and Nokia partnered, committing to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and other Microsoft communications, collaboration, and device management software to Nokia's Symbian devices. This alliance positions Nokia to better compete with the RIM BlackBerry, Apple iPhone and Google's Android in the mobile office application space.

Nemertes finds that in addition to having a UC strategy, 75% of organizations have a mobility strategy. Their workers are on the move and must have access to office applications, whether using a PC, browser or phone. This solution will let them work and collaborate on Symbian devices using mobile-optimized versions of the probably-already-familiar Office.

Enterprises should include office application integration as part of their mobility strategy and should evaluate solutions that integrate with a wide variety of devices.

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