One of the first things I thought of after hearing about the Microsoft/Nokia partnership for providing Microsoft services to Nokia was the impact on 3rd party developers. In particular, Quickoffice is installed on Eseries and Nseries devices as is the current default Office-compatible product on Nokia devices. I contacted them to find out their thoughts on the announcement and the following is their official response.
Having supported the Symbian platform for many years, Quickoffice recognizes the push toward connected mobile services. While our office suite is the world’s overwhelming market share leader on the Symbian platform, it represents only a percentage of our worldwide revenues. Quickoffice is excited about the work we’re doing on other leading and emerging platforms and our direct-to-consumer sales, as evidenced by our number one business app for iPhone and our upcoming announcements with Android. Quickoffice is committed to bringing the best, most innovative products to market, in support of our vision for the mobile connected office.” Alan Masarek, CEO.
* We believe that the Office and Mobile Productivity market is an important space. This announcement highlights the relevance of our Mobile Office and mobile productivity market. * 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.
Wow, they are shipping on over 100 million Nokia devices now with another 200 million before the Microsoft product is available. As I wrote in my latest Quickoffice for iPhone post I believe the Quickoffice client is the current best choice for Office documents on the iPhone and think they will do very well on that platform. I look forward to their updated Android client as well.