Microsoft Introduces New Technology and Collaboration to Accelerate Business Smartphone Adoption

Microsoft keeps adding compelling reasons to speed up the adoption of Windows Mobile powered devices in the enterprise :

Company adds to world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system with first mobile management server, new service alliance to help meet expanding corporate smartphone needs.

Seeking to catalyze large-scale adoption of mobile smartphones by corporate customers, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today unveiled several strategic offerings to help people and businesses better embrace mobile technology. The company announced its first dedicated mobile device management server and a strategic new business alliance to complement the growing success of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system and help more businesses take advantage of mobile solutions for their employees.

“People expect to be able to do more and more with their mobile phone,” Ballmer said in his keynote address today to the Cellular Technology Industry Association (CTIA) of America. “We’re building on our expertise across servers, operating systems and services to deliver Windows Mobile experiences that bridge the things people want to do at work and at home.”

Responding to customer needs beyond mobile e-mail and calendaring, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, a new mobile-dedicated server solution that helps companies manage Windows Mobile phones similar to Windows-based laptops and PCs. With Mobile Device Manager, companies can deliver new applications to phones over the air as well as connect people via Mobile VPN (virtual private network) with security-enhanced access to critical data such as expense reports or customer information.

To help more businesses purchase and manage mobile phone deployments, Microsoft announced a strategic alliance with Enterprise Mobile Inc., a new mobile enterprise service company created by Corporate Software founder and PC resale pioneer Mort Rosenthal. Enterprise Mobile will build, deploy and manage custom-made solutions that will work with a variety of mobile operators and phone manufacturers.

Microsoft, AT&T and Samsung also unveiled the Blackjack II, marking more than 30 Windows Mobile phones that have been announced this year. Available later this year exclusively through AT&T for as low as $149.99 (ERP), the Blackjack II is a new Windows Mobile 6 phone featuring GPS that will be updatable to support Mobile Device Manager. The AT&T Tilt and other Windows Mobile 6 smart devices to be introduced by AT&T later this year also will support Mobile Device Manager. Other recently launched phones in the U.S. are the HTC Advantage, Mogul by HTC, Touch by HTC, T-Mobile Wing, and from Verizon Wireless the Samsung SCH i760, Motorola Q Music 9m, SMT5800 and XV6800.

Windows Mobile is expected to be the fastest-growing mobile operating system over the next five years, according to the analyst firm IDC.

Source: Microsoft Introduces New Technology and Collaboration to Accelerate Business Smartphone Adoption
Author: Date Published: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 16:30:00 GMT

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