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V3 readers back Windows Phone 8 for enterprise success

27 Nov 2012

V3 readers have given their backing to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform, claiming its ability to integrate with its existing corporate software will help it succeed in the enterprise space ahead of Research in Motion (RIM).

With RIM readying the launch of BlackBerry 10 for the New Year, Microsoft will face stiffer competition if it is hoping to sell its devices as core enterprise offerings. But 51 percent of V3 readers see Microsoft's long-standing enterprise chops as central to their success over RIM.

Ten percent disagreed, claiming that BlackBerry is still the corporate device of choice for many firms. That may be enough for its new operating system gain some traction in the market.

Another 18 percent noted that with BlackBerry Fusion allowing both Microsoft and RIM devices work in partnership it's something as a moot point to suggest one will be picked over the other.

However, perhaps most interestingly 20 percent of voters said the rise of iOS and Android means that they will become the key operating systems in use among enterprises, over the stalwarts of Microsoft and RIM.

Certainly the huge use of Android and Apple devices backs this up, with the devices using the two operating systems growing in use in enterprises all the time, although some security issues remain.

Finally, just one percent of readers said they thought Microsoft would have an advantage over BlackBerry in the small and medium enterprise space.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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