Nokia today released beta versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint readers for their Asha range of phones. If you own a Nokia Asha 501 device, you can try the beta app today. Using this app, if you receive a document as an email attachment, you can open them and read it using this new app.
The first screen you’ll see when you open the app comprises: Open files, Recent files and Bookmarks. As the apps are designed for viewing documents rather than creating them, there isn’t an option to start a new document.
As the name hints, files need to be saved in a docx format before you can open them, but I found they opened straight away when converted.
It’s easy to zoom in and out of your documents, thanks to big + and – buttons at the top of the app, and if it’s something you want to read again you can drag up the menu bar from the bottom of the screen and tap ‘Add to bookmarks’. That way, the next time you open the app, simply tap ‘Bookmarks’ and select that file.
Even though this sounds less interesting for now, I think after Microsoft acquires Nokia’s devices and services division, Microsoft Office team could release their own native readers for these devices. Microsoft previously said that they will be bringing more of their services like SkyDrive, Outlook, Skype, Office through Nokia’s mobile phone business.
Download them from Nokia Store from the links below.