As enterprise mobile computing evolves to combine more personal computer capabilities on mobile handsets, a critical factor will be the number of tools available for extending corporate applications to mobiles, says BRC.
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Comprehensive packages are already available for using Windows Mobile to access Lotus Notes, various SAP offerings, Oracle CRM, as well as Microsoft Office apps.
This will encourage large corporations to choose Microsoft for mobile solutions, says BRC.
BRC says the proprietary nature of Blackberry’s operating system will inhibit third-party developers, as will Symbian’s software development kits, which are device-dependent, fragmenting application markets.
Since new applications cannot readily run on Symbian devices, developers will be more attracted to Windows Mobile.
“Rim and Symbian have attracted millions of business users through Personal Information Manager (Pim) and e-mail, but without middleware solutions they will lose them to Microsoft,” said BRC consultant Jeff Ace.
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