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.