Document access specialist Inso has established a Symbian platform partners programme to enable Symbian-based devices to accept document files in various formats.
Symbian, a joint venture between Psion, Motorola, Matsushita, Ericsson and Nokia, aims to develop a platform for mobile computing.
Inso's information exchange unit plans to promote its file format exchange technology to hardware manufacturers developing Symbian devices, and has signed an unnamed handset developer as its first member.
Scott Norder, president of Inso's information exchange division, declined to name the partner, but said Inso is in talks with all major manufacturers of Symbian devices and expects such appliances to support the company's technology by the end of the year.
"As more and more Symbian communicators appear on the market, there will be a growing need for this technology to allow business users to access corporate data," he said.
Inso's technology enables devices to access and read up to 225 different data file types without requiring the native applications to be installed on the machine.
For example, a Symbian device would be able to accept Microsoft Word processing documents or Excel spreadsheets even if the machine does not have such applications installed. Users could either access the data files over the web or receive them as email attachments.
Next month Inso will also announce plans to take its technology into the world of wireless application protocol-enabled devices. The technology already supports Microsoft's Windows CE operating system.
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