Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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RE[4]: Ummmmm....
by nt_jerkface on Tue 14th Dec 2010 08:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ummmmm...."
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

It isn't the case that you can run Office 2010, Photoshop and Autocad on Windows Phone 7.


Has nothing to do with running Win32 programs. The enterprise appeal comes in the Office/Exchange support.

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RE[5]: Ummmmm....
by lemur2 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 09:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Ummmmm...."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"It isn't the case that you can run Office 2010, Photoshop and Autocad on Windows Phone 7.


Has nothing to do with running Win32 programs. The enterprise appeal comes in the Office/Exchange support.
"

There are any number of alternatives to Windows Phone 7 that offer Office/Exchange support.

http://www.openchange.org/

http://www.nitrodesk.com/default.aspx

http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/#easy

In fact there are a number of good alternatives these days to Office/Exchange.

http://www.sogo.nu/english.html
http://www.documentfoundation.org/download/
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-GB/thunderbird/

It isn't the case at all that one MUST run Windows Phone 7 even if one's "enterprise" does happen to run Office/Exchange.

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RE[6]: Ummmmm....
by lucas_maximus on Tue 14th Dec 2010 11:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Ummmmm...."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

But Microsoft will offer a support contract which will be the important thing.

Doesn't matter if some software can do it, there must be someone to go to for support, otherwise it is a no go.

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RE[6]: Ummmmm....
by unoengborg on Tue 14th Dec 2010 11:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Ummmmm...."
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

More and more organizations at least here in Sweden, are switching from MS-Exchange to Google Apps due to the lower cost of maintainance. This makes good Google integration just as important as being able to talk to Exchange

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RE[6]: Ummmmm....
by nt_jerkface on Thu 16th Dec 2010 03:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Ummmmm...."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

ZzzZzzzzZZZ

CTO: We need a phone with good MS software compatibility.

Where do you think they will go?

Everyone here knows about MS Office alternatives. Everyone. You can spam a billion links but it won't change the fact that MS Office has embedded itself within enterprise world. Your open source advocacy here is a wasted endeavorer. These forums aren't frequented by enough people for it to matter and the people that do frequent them by nature explore software alternatives of all types.

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RE[5]: Ummmmm....
by JAlexoid on Tue 14th Dec 2010 13:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Ummmmm...."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Has nothing to do with running Win32 programs. The enterprise appeal comes in the Office/Exchange support.


Well... WP7's support for Office/Exchange is as good, or as bad(depending on your perspective), as iPhone or Android.

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