IBM says its enterprise customers prefer Windows Phone handsets at work

IBM says its enterprise customers prefer Windows Phone handsets at work
According to Jim Szafranski, senior VP of customer platform services at IBM's Fiberlink unit, many of its enterprise customers prefer Windows Phone devices for their employees. They cite the OS's tight integration with Microsoft's enterprise software, such as Active Directory and Exchange, as the reason. 

In related news, analyst agency 451 Research said that 12% of US companies are planning to deploy Windows Phone 8 devices in the first quarter of 2014. So, if you live in the USA, and enjoy bringing your non-WP smartphone to work, be prepared. If your employer is among the interested 12%, it might politely ask you to switch to Windows Phone soon. 

Enterprise currently represents 58% of Microsoft's global business, which means this is a huge opportunity for Windows Phone. Making sure the platform plays nice with its established enterprise software was probably a no-brainer, and an important priority for MS. Yet, for some reason, the company abstained from developing a mobile management solution to accompany it. Meanwhile, Samsung has been stepping up its efforts with KNOX on Android, while BlackBerry has been in this business for quite some time with its BES platform.

Enterprise security is a big market, thus third-party companies, such as the aforementioned IBM-Fiberlink, have taken the opportunity to fill in this gap in WP8. Recently, the company released the MaaS360 Security Productivity Suite, which features secure email, calendar, contacts, and browser. It also provides a Trusted WorkPlace environment for Android , iOS, and Windows Phone devices.

It will be interesting to see whether any of Microsoft's old and new Windows Phone partners will pursue the platform's enterprise opportunies. In early February, Nokia began offering its Lumia handsets on trial for UK businesses

via WMPowerUser



1. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

now you're talking!

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, I know this really hurts the usual bunch of WP haters feelings... Look at them down there trying to make themselves feel better... Lol!

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How does it hurt. You are turning this around to make you feel good. This is telling the world that even after all this time, that only 12% of all those enterprise businesses are looking to deploy WP. What about the other mobile OS's, and where do they fit into the missing 88%.

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

See, you're trying to defend your platform... The fact that you even answered to my comment shows your fear.. WP is great, either except it or not.. But, if you don't like it then why do you keep showing up????????????

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The truth is in facts and sales. Look at Nokia which is now owned by Microsoft. They are trying to get a bit of Androids sales and revenue. Even before Nokia announced the 3 Nokia X Android phones. Android alone was expected to sell around 1 billion smartphones for 2014. Even Mr Microsoft ex-employee Elop said they are using Android for their midrange devices to introduce people to Microsoft's services, then to step them up to WP. Thats like saying here buy one of these Toyota's and if you like it we will step you up to one of these Ford's later. Look at the Zune sales, sorry WP sales last quarter sold 8.8 million devices for the 3 holiday months. That's with sales as low as $49 for a lumia 520. Still they only managed to sell only 8.8 million devices which is down from the previous quarter of 9.5 million devices. Now compare this to Android which sells more devices in less then 4 days then WP sold in 3 months. Android is so flexible it can even make it self look and feel like WP. There are a number of them on the play store. Even Nokia made their own WP UI for their version of Android on the Nokia X. I feel bad for you rodneyej1. I tell you what. I will load up a WP launcher on my Note 3 smartphone, and help you and Microsoft promote WP ;-)

47. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Don't care about sales.. Don't care about numbers, and I would never waist my time reading through that political BS you just wasted your time typing.. Ever!... .................. All I care about is the experience the device offers.. Not popularity, or market share... You're a fool to think I care otherwise... Wasted time on your part.. And, you continue wasting your time on WP/MS related articles when you don't like the platform... Get a life.. Nobody cares!.. And, quite wasting your time..

56. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Android can try to make itself look like WP but NEVER feel like WP. WP is in its own league. And you need to go read the article on Nokia Xs where MS is paying $0 to Google and enjoying more revenue into its own channel, thus using Android against Google itself. Emerging markets are more and more preferring to use WP intro phones such as the lumia 520. And there is a reason why more and more corporations are opting now for the WP environment instead of the fragmentation provided by the Android BYOD.

59. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So anyone who can read, then can clearly see from your post here or even Elop's video. That Microsoft is only using the Android name and OS to lure in the emerging markets, so they can use Microsoft apps and services instead of what you normally get with a Google Android device. So when you Microsoft zealots say "Don't be evil" and talk about Microsoft's scroogled campaign. Please enlighten me again as to who the evil company is here with no morals or scruples. Oh, thats right, the evil company is Microsoft. Its funny that Microsoft is using a linux based OS to promote their closed WP OS with a ton of limits and restrictions. Microsoft went on record stating that linux is like a cancer, but yet here they are using it now. Talk about karma. ;-) So if Microsoft now told you that the sky is falling and the world is flat, that we are to believe that, right? Because Microsoft the software GOD has told you this. This just leads to how Microsoft has to generate revenue in today's world. It rely's on the sales moto. A sucker is born every minute.

65. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

What makes your comment so funny is that Microsoft HOPES Android sell MILLIONS! Because they (Microsoft) makes money from EVERY Android phone sold! Microsoft makes more money from Android devices than they do there own (at this time). So, it's a win, win. I can't stop laughing. LOL!!! :)


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

YOU ARE VERY FOOLISH....I LIKE WINDOWS BUT I LOVE ANDROID. MOBILE I love Windows PC'S, and have been making them since 1994. I owned a Pocket PC by Compaq, which was promising but never pushed properly after the sale to HP...go figure, and I owned the Pocket PC phone. The Pocket PC phone was a great device with terribly laggy software. It had a stylus to make notes, and it beat Apple to the touch screen, and beat Sammy to the built in stylus in a Mobile device. Had they buttered up the software they would not be in the lower sales category. I know after getting a Windows Touch Pro I was not getting the Touch Pro 2 since there was no progression for smooth software implementation. Now Ever since the HTC Windows HD I was optimistically waiting for a nice device. The Samsung Focus showed me that they were headed in the right direction. Nokia seems to be firing on all cylinders. I see a future Windows device, but I will never give up owning an Android device because of the way Google interacts with the OS, and consumer as a ecosystem. Does that make me a hater....some of us just hate how MS made crappy products to take our money, and now want to make up for it by trying to force themselves on us by killing innovative competitors like Android. I think Apple, and Microsoft are great companies in their own right, but they do what most companies do when they make a hit with the consumer. They stop innovating and start nickle and diming customers, and always gets knocked down by the next best innovative company, because while trying to make profits to line their pockets, and their stock holder's pockets; they forget it was innovation that caught the consumer, and we don't have to buy their lackluster products! Does this make me a hater....most consumers feel as I do I am sure. Companies never seem to get it. They think all they have to do is hook the consumer, and instead of keeping them hooked by innovating and offering more they just offer less and charge more! Why can't some of you foolish people realize this, and stop the BS. Apple, Android, and Windows are all staring to mature but if just one of them fails to give the consumer what "the consumer" wants they will lose market share as "Qwikly" as BlackBerry did. I just hope MS don't take us for granted, but I know that greed, and profit is more important than offering innovative hig quality products on a continual basis!

48. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who are you?

57. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

DO you get free phones from Google or Samsung, etc.? NO? Then dont make the point as if Android didn't cost you for the shoddy performance you will get by end of year 1 on your device. Secondly - Have you seen the latest list of innovations coming via WP 8.1 update? How the heck did MS stop innovating? And then if so why are now all Android (fragment) versions running the Tile system and the flat design interface? If MS was taking what people want for Granted why is it innovating so much and spending money on having developers build conferences, etc.? Initially MS had the innovation of the Pocket PC/ WIndows Mobile 6, etc. XDA- Developers was built around that community at the start. After that they may have stagnated for a FEW years before realizing their mistake and then instead of ditching the race, they re-entered from the start with a completely NEW OS built from Scratch that is now increasing its % in markets World over. Non of that shows a 'stagnation' or not listening to consumers. If that was the case they would not have even come out with a low end smooth performance device like the Lumia 520 which u can now get for $89 brand new OFF contract and get ALL the smartphone tech you need for that cheap.

60. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Drink some more of that koolaid buddy. WP is so great that they have to use another OS to promote it. This is like pepsi telling everyone to drink coke, so later on you can drink pepsi. Yep, keep drink what ever you are drinking or smoking what ever you are smoking.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are a Joke Grapeseed! I am a Big MS fan but I am a realist in every way. Their desktop is best for desktop computing but their Mobile OS is only finally just starting to mature. Where have you been all of this time under a rock. Windows 8.1 is just starting to make waves. I owned the Windows Pocket PC, and the Touch Pro in the early 2000's and it has taken 15 years for MS to start making in roads in its mobile OS. The MS OS was laggy, buggy, unresponsive, and Horrible to any one that used it, and that is why they only currently own 3-5% at best market share of the Mobile OS phones. When you wash the foolish thoughts out of your brain and wake up you will find that what I have said is both accurate and true. Seems to me that you just woke up from a 14 year slumber to find MS starting to finally fire on all cylinders, and seem to forget that they were asleep at the wheel for the last 14 years wake up! Windows now has a second chance where most companies don't get that. I applaud their efforts and new found innovations which only happened because of IOS, and Android. Since they are finally starting to innovate their own system I feel that they may now be worth a try. I still will have a top tier Android phone if I do take the plunge in WP in the future. Last but not least their mobile innovation seems to be inspired by Android, and IOS. Android has been the leader in Mobile Phone OS with its innovative software interaction between the end user and it's business partners. Android's value added Google Maps combined with search of business products, places to eat, and places to go is and has been copied by IOS and MS. The main caveat about MS is that their new 8.1 is being integrated into the desktop. That's the only reason that I am interested in this OS at the moment.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Good news. Will make life easier for the employees.

3. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

ibm is paid by ms. Actually, the world is flooded by iPhone already

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And, your point?... Jealous?

23. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

IBM is still alive? Damn, I must be living under a rock :(

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They still pump out the patents every year.

4. toink unregistered

This should've been BB. Gone were the days.

5. papss unregistered

What other options are there? Chromebooks? Ha!

6. papss unregistered

Geez paps read the article

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who, in their right mind, would buy a chrome book?

24. papss unregistered

No one at all.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Who in there right mind would buy a WP? ;-)

31. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The above two.

67. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

you cracked me up, dude.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who in their right mind would open every WP article, and spend their time commenting, when they think the platform is crap?????? Probably a pathetic looser who would buy a chrome book...

38. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

You want someone to open some article, un-related to WP, and comment about WP?

50. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That about sums up your capacity right there.... But, I'm not mad at you. That's just, well, you.. ....................... We still love you though..

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