As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
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Microsoft greased its marketing machine, hiring entertainers such as Katy Perry and Maroon 5 to promote its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 in November. Like competitor Apple, Microsoft chose AT&T -- as well as T-Mobile -- as its primary sales partner in the U.S. Initial demand appeared high, with devices selling out within the first day. Its newest telephone offering will propel Microsoft's share of the worldwide mobile OS market to 5.2% in 2011 from 4.7% in 2010, Gartner predicts. However, by 2014, the researcher expects Microsoft's share to fall to 3.9% as competitors Apple and Google gain share with their respective OSes.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?