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With BYOD smartphones on the rise, IT headaches will become migraines

Matt Hamblen | Jan. 28, 2014
Windows unified code is important to IT, IDC says.

Windows tablets will also benefit from the apps that are already commonplace in enterprises, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Stofega said.

"What's going to need to start to happen at Microsoft is that it hits that unified code base to all IT managers for one set of apps across a number of form factors," Stofega added.

Stofega said it will be difficult for Google and Apple to challenge the predominance of Microsoft productivity software in corporations.

But the burden on Microsoft is still great, and IDC recognizes that in its forecast.

Android devices will make up 111 million of the 175 million BYOD smartphones shipped in 2014, IDC said. Apple's iOS devices will make up 52 million and devices running Windows Phone will comprise just 9.9 million, jumping to 38 million in 2017, IDC recently forecast. IDC gave much smaller portions of the market to minor smartphone OSes such as Tizen, Linux, Firefox and BlackBerry.

Other analysts, including Patrick Moorhead at Moor Insight & Strategy, said Android is seen as becoming more enterprise secure, posing a challenge to any future possibilities for Windows.

"The aperture for Microsoft to capture uplift in enterprise Windows phones is rapidly narrowing as Android is becoming more enterprise-worthy," Moorhead said. "For Microsoft to fully take advantage of this opportunity, they need to immediately accelerate their linkages between Windows Phone, Outlook, Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer and Skype."


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