Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 11:32 UTC

Ina Fried has just confirmed the Nokia Android phone - and even argues that Microsoft might go ahead with actually releasing it.

According to a Nokia source, the software has a look more similar to Windows Phone than to the "squircle" icons used on the Asha. Normandy would also serve as a way to deliver Microsoft services such as Bing and Skype.

That is seen by some at Microsoft as a more palatable alternative than seeing more of those first-time smartphone buyers sign up not just for Android but also for Google's array of services.

Makes sense. It does raise another question, though: wouldn't this be yet another operating system Microsoft would need to develop and support?

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RE[4]: Mistake
by Nelson on Wed 11th Dec 2013 23:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Mistake"
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"81% of CIOs issue/plan to issue Windows tablets,
up dramatically from 56% six months ago, and nearly in line with iPads.” This is particularly important for Microsoft because the rise in corporate interest for Windows tablets has coincided with a collapse in corporate interest for Android tablets: According to Bernstein, only 15% of CIOs surveyed said that they’ve issued or plan to issue Android tablets. An upswing in demand in Windows tablets would dovetail nicely with the growth Microsoft has seen in Windows Phone sales this year, which has helped the company firmly establish Windows Phone as the world’s No. 3 mobile platform provider.

And FWIW, Microsoft owns the entire stack so non Windows Phones in the enterprise likely are still using Exchange and are still managed using Microsoft MDM solutions.,2817,2423899,00.asp

The tools that allow Microsoft to provide a comprehensive mobile-optimized IT ecosystem include Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Windows Intune and Azure. With them, IT can centrally manage Windows phones and tablets as well as devices running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. I think it's safe to assume Windows mobile devices will be the optimal devices to work within a Windows ecosystem.

With Windows 8 mobile devices and PCs given the ability to join a Windows domain, IT can take advantage of features such Dynamic Access Control, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and multi-factor authentication to deliver a full corporate experience to a user's tablet or laptop. Redmond is also pushing those capabilities out to its phones. Recently, Tony Mestres, vice president of Windows Phone partner and channel marketing, announced an expansion of Windows Phone enterprise capabilities which includes access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app-aware, auto-triggered VPN.

....or maybe they'll use Chromebooks and Google Docs lol

Edited 2013-12-11 23:33 UTC

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