It’s definitely a heads up for the 3rd party developers of QuickOffice applications which are pre-installed on most Nokia E-series and N-series mobile phone products.
Matthew Miller, a ZDNet blogger got some information from these 3rd party developers as they responded to the announcement. Here is the key information he got from Alan Masarek – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of QuickOffice:
Quickoffice will continue to support our worldwide user base. We’re shipping on over 100M smartphones and our next version, which includes many of these announced features by Microsoft, will ship on 200M Symbian phones before Microsoft’s product comes out in the marketplace. We have a robust feature roadmap coming on Symbian and our experience on this platform is unmatched.
Quickoffice is one of the leading Symbian developer, but our sales on Symbian devices does not make up a majority of Quickoffice revenue. Quickoffice has always developed for a diversified portfolio of smartphone OS’ and will continue to innovate and expand our product line. Our Quickoffice for iPhone’ suite is the #1 application in the Business Category on the App Store, and our file management capabilities, which provide remote access to content and documents, highlight a few features in our roadmap.
Nokia and Microsoft are touching on a suite of services which we refer to as “Connected Services”, and it represents the next generation of our thinking in the Mobile Office market. Quickoffice has some great solutions coming out in this space which will make Office accessible to a broader audience.
Well, based on the above statement – I can predict that 3rd party office apps developers are confident enough in besting their future competitors in the mobile office applications under different platforms like iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc. In addition to that, they still have market share not only from Nokia devices but also from the other mobile makers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, etc.