Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
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User Rank: Apprentice
6/22/2012 | 11:06:43 PM
re: Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
Problem is that the void created by RIM's implosion is already being filled: Users have forced the enterprise to accept the iOS/Android mobile devices they prefer. Many enterprises have middleware and policies in place for these devices and are even creating employee apps for them.

For those still loyal to RIM, their new devices are still in the pipeline as far as we know and could come to market at around the same time as Windows 8. BES is still up and running and the new Blackberries will supposedly run Android apps, giving them potentially a big library.

Bottom line people and enterprises have invested time and money in preferred platforms; it won't be easy to force employees to switch to Win 8 devices. That means that like it or not Microsoft has to court the consumer--with a much smaller app library and a very little cool factor for anyone but gamers.

To do that they need to deliver products that people can touch, not just ignite the tech press. We're still only a few steps past the vaporware mark. Microsoft's intentions are clear but the outcome is far from it.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2012 | 6:28:48 PM
re: Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
Ready for Business? Not until they start shipping. One thing to say what's coming, another thing to actually start shipping and Apps are likely to be scarce. Same problem that has been plauging Windows Phone 7.x for some time. I think their ideas are O.K., but the devil is always in the details and implementation.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2012 | 5:58:19 PM
re: Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
I wonder if the new kernel will support Intel processors, like the ones used on the Lava intel phone and the Orange intel phone.

Company hub looks interesting... I am charge of rolling out a lot of our company's new mobile initiatives and that could make things easier if we settle on WP8 as a smartphone platform. I think our company would need Motorola Solutions/Intermec/Dolphin etc, to get on board with WP8 for that to happen though.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2012 | 4:27:35 PM
re: Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
Only issue I am seeing so far is the lack of VPN support.
For the global enterprise where I work, VPN is scheduled to be around for the next few years.
This makes the Win8 phones intriguing, but not an option at this time. Currently both iOS and Android are supported.

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