But does it really matter?
Microsoft's suite strategy covering cloud storage and cross-platform management for both mobile devices and PCs, now driven by prolific Office productivity tools on the wildly popular iPad tablet, makes Microsoft the MDM provider of choice.
"MDM providers cannot today provide a secure solution for on-premises documents when accessed via the new Office apps, and in the cloud, the third-party MDM products are superfluous," says David Lavenda, vice president of strategy at Harmon.ie. "Seeing that the MDM players have tried to differentiate themselves by offering office apps and a large third-party ecosystem, Lavenda says the new Microsoft announcements may affect them drastically in the near future."
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