Responses to Windows 8 have been mixed, to say the least. But whether you're a fan or not, there is no doubt the new operating system will affect your IT environment sooner or later. In terms of mobility, Juniper Research predicts the impact will be sooner.
Juniper Research believes that 2013 will be the year Microsoft exploits their full potential as traditional computing becomes increasingly mobile... Microsoft's own ecosystem, encompassing devices such as the Surface Tablet and Xbox and services such as Windows, Office and Skype, is continuing to develop; development which Juniper Research believes will grow impressively during 2013. There are 1.3 billion people worldwide who use Windows, and 8 million developers building apps for Microsoft's devices, showing how huge the possibilities are for Microsoft in 2013.
The competition Microsoft will have to overcome is considerable, especially given both the strength of Apple and Google and its current lowly market share amongst mobile OS providers. In spite of this, users of Microsoft's PC services are keen to adapt to the same technology on different devices, especially given how easily they can integrate and share files across Microsoft devices via SkyDrive.
Considering the large installed base of Windows users, it would make sense that many of them (and their IT counterparts) would gravitate toward Windows mobile devices.
For those IT managers, it's wise to think about how the new devices will integrate into your overall environment. Are you thinking of purchasing Windows devices as corporate-owned assets? If so, you can take advantage of cross-platform continuity as you replace or migrate other end-user clients to Windows 8.
Perhaps you will not be making a business purchase, but you anticipate that some employees might bring new Windows devices into work. You'll want to read our recently posted blog, Integrating Windows 8 Into Your BYOD Strategy. It outlines the things to consider when adding Windows 8 to your BYOD plan, such as device management, supporting legacy apps, and managing multiple mobile operating systems.
Either way, don't let "The Year of Microsoft" take you by surprise!
I think there can be room for both Android and Windows phone 8. Especially for businesses that want to have some consistency in platform and control, I can see whay they would select Windows over Android for corporate purchases.
Taimoor, I have a feeling that they might not do well as anticipated. Probably because people still have a choice of Windows OS phones in the market and only the MS name will not do wonders. Especially in a situation where Android is getting more and more users each day.
Great. Microsoft smartphones is something to look forward to. It's going to be a must-purchase on my list as microsoft is always upto something good. That and introduction of windows 8, i think this year is going to be the Microsoft year in IT world.
@Trek, case in point, I was just reading that in 2009 ABI Research predicted 139 million netbooks would be sold in 2013. They were still holding onto that figure this past July. But Acer and Asus have announced they will not produce any netbooks after 2012. So it looks like that prediction is about 139 million too high. ;)
@Trek, the jump in actual units sold is predicted to go from 11 million to 136 million. That is a big increase. Although I am sure it's not as much as MS would like, considering the number of mobile devices that will be around in 2017.
@susan: IMHO MSFT pulled out all the stops to get Win8 out fast because it wanted to be sure there was still some chance it could hold onto some relevance in the mobile world before everyone was gobbled up by Android and IOS. any windows shop would choose Win 8 over the other two...now they can :)
Some Co. do take it in the account, but some CIO's prefer to keep they heads in the sand...as more safe approach... for them... as if you do not do anything - you will not get anything wrong... :) it would be funny but it sad...
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