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04 March 2014

Are businesses turning to Windows Phone instead of BlackBerry?

A year has passed since BlackBerry’s last ditch attempt to reclaim the smartphone market saw the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS) along with its two flagship smartphones, the Z10 and the traditional QWERTY Q10. But general consensus holds that the devices - while running on the solid BlackBerry 10 OS and with the added appeal of BES 10 for enterprise - proved too little, too late, and failed to attract both consumers and the enterprise. BlackBerry’s most recent results showed a company in crisis, with operating losses of $4.4bn and revenues down 56% on the year before. Windows ascendant With BlackBerry headed out of the running, it seemed that Apple and Android had won the smartphone race. But Computer Weekly has spoken to an increasing number of CIOs looking to Windows Phone to replace expired BlackBerry contracts. Julian Payne, head of ICT at the Science Museum Group, is about to roll out Windows Phones across his organisation. He said he felt it was a better fit with the group’s desktop strategy. Payne said ...

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