re: Windows Phone 8 'Gets' Business Needs
I've been the first WP8 device adopter at my company and have been using it for the past 5 months or so. I'm using the Nokia Lumia 822 and could not be happier. Our company operates a COPE model more or less, although I had to purchase my device myself and have it connected to the corp plan.
I came from a BlackBerry and I have to say it doesn't come close to WP8. Yes there are concerns about VPN connectivity but non of our devices are connecting this way. Most users are, regardless of handset, using email and browsing. For me the other tech things like the camera and video capture are crucial for communicating things in an engineering and manufacturing world. The BB was useless for this. SkyDrive integration is great, I take a picture and when I get back to my desk the phone is already sync'd with my desktop and there it is, quite handy. OneNote may be the single more used app for me as I use it extensively on the desktop, but I know there are OneNote clients avaialble on the other platforms.
The email client on WP8 takes a little getting used to, I can't say I love it yet but it's growing on me. The browser is great, most things render nicely. Supporting micro-sd is also a big deal from my 822 which many phones don't support.
Many users are now carrying iPhone's and it's easy to tell these users from others. One thing that makes it easy is iPhone's email client absolutely destroys email formatting, essetially ruining conversation flow and indentation, it drives me crazy. Go back to your Outlook desktop client and you can't follow an email once one of those things replys to one. How can iOS be so bad at email? One thing BB did well is email, I will admit to that but the WP8 client and ActiveSync do quite well.
The performance of the phone is very snappy, flow is beutiful and I've even bought my wife a copy of this phone and when we use her Android tablet it feels like old and tired tech. WP8 is really unique and feels more alive than the old static icon wasteland of BB, iOS and Android.