It will be interesting to now watch how both iOS and Windows 8 will impact Android in the enterprise. This report seems to suggest that Google's Android could be in for some stiff competition, "Developers are cautiously optimistic about Windows 8 tablets, and find Microsoft’s Metro UI especially compelling. Therefore a key dynamic to watch going forward will be Microsoft’s opportunity to eclipse Android as the number two operating system priority for mobile enterprise app developers, especially given Microsoft’s strengths in the enterprise market through Office and Windows."
This is an interesting development since the ruggedized handheld manufacturers are just starting to introduce their Android based rugged devices. Read more on this...
I must share that in conversations and interviews with mobility vendors, especially those focused on the services industry that have a lot of ruggedized mobile handhelds that still run on Microsoft operating systems, there is a great anticipation and hope for Windows 8. In recent discussions with large utility companies, they also expressed a great hope that Windows 8 would deliver for tablets and other mobile devices.
It is my impression, that many large enterprises would love to support a good Microsoft operating system for mobile devices. They are just waiting to see one.
Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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