Microsoft’s Chris Sorenson said Apple iPhone will be irrelevant to business user
Apple’s soon-to-be-launched iPhone will be irrelevant to business users because it is a “closed device” and does not support Microsoft Office, a senior executive with the software giant said this week.
Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific head of smartphone strategy Chris Sorenson said that If you’re an enterprise and want to roll out line of business applications, it’s just not an option. Even using it as a heavy messaging device will be a challenge.”
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- 04-23-2007, 05:44 AM #2
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- 04-23-2007, 08:00 AM #5
Seems to me the most interesting thing about this is that someone from Microsoft felt the need to say anything at all. Perhaps this just reflects some angst about what iPhone will do to their share of the market as recorded by canalys and the like. It's already down from 23% in 2004:
to around 14% now:
Sure, those are just headline figures in practice they're selling more WM licences than they ever were before. But headlines can matter, and the iPhone and the Nokia N95 may well push WM into single figures. I just posted a new thread with why i think this could be the case:
Yes, Insertion, I'm trying to generate traffic for my thread
- 04-23-2007, 08:13 AM #6
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- 04-24-2007, 11:00 AM #10
In 6 months we will have empirical evidence and be able to answer the questions with facts. We will know whether people vote with their wallets and buy the iPhone. Or not.
The fact that Cingular/ATT has adjusted its messaging pricing and international data pricing is an interesting one that brings them into more plausible territory for me at least. Not as plausible as Sprint but at least they aren't trying to compete with Verizon for Highest Cost Provider.
- 04-24-2007, 11:37 AM #11
I don't think we will need 6 months. Yesterday, AT&T said that the iPhone WILL appeal to business users and they are hard at work to ensure that the back-end enterprise billing and support systems will accommodate the device when it ships. AT&T has been doing this for a while and I think they of all people would know if the iPhone will serve well in the enterprise.
Check it out:
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- 04-24-2007, 08:14 PM #13
^ have to agree with Mobileman....i too carry a blackberry (because i don't have to carry a Treo-brick any longer) and i use its messaging email service/blackberry messenger so much more than i use the phone. i will say this: i work in the investment management industry where real-time emails are necessary.
having said that, this business user will still buy one.
- 05-04-2007, 10:32 PM #14
You may be right, but it'd be nice to not have to read your slams on supporters for positive assumptions if you're going to make the same types of assumptions on the negative side.
- 05-05-2007, 09:11 AM #15
Wow, those Microsoft guys are real masters of the obvious. Of course the iPhone won't be for business people. It doesn't do Exchange or BB. I love it when Microsoft idiots say stuff like that. It just makes them looks like real tools.
- 05-05-2007, 09:17 AM #16
AT&T pitching iPhone at business?
AT&T (formerly Cingular) hopes to expand the appeal of the iPhone to businesses, sources near the cell provider claim. Although the iPhone has been typically promoted as an entertainment device, the carrier has reportedly changed its billing and support systems for business to handle the Apple device for companies that want to deploy it on a wider scale. An AT&T representative declined to provide additional details, but the news has nevertheless prompted a backlash from analysts, many of whom point to the phone's non-expandability as a red flag for businesses.
- 05-26-2007, 07:39 AM #17
Currently using a Treo 700p and I gte an average of 60-100 emails a day using POP and setting my email to retrieve messages every 5 minutes.
I get about 10 mpegs for viewing everyday via email and download frm the web and I am not using exchange or BB.
I have never understood why people consider BB so much better for email. I can understand the exchange aspect but if you are in a small business under 50 people why spend the extra cash when POP does the trick.
iPhone will do fine and I hope it will have some version of AppleWorks so you can get Word Docs and other MS documents to revise and view.
We will WAIt and see.
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- 05-28-2007, 09:28 PM #19
I have never really seen the need to send messages 1 sentence at a time via email.
I know lots o people love their BB and love the fact they can sit there and fire off IM style communications but I have walked out on meeting with people who sit there and do that. Email is not IM.
- 05-29-2007, 01:05 PM #20
As much as I want an iPhone and would love to not have to carry both a Treo and an iPod around all the time, if the iPhone does not sync my calendar and email with my work exchange server, then I won't get one. That's the "must do" item for me... and I'm guessing for a lot of other people.
- 05-30-2007, 10:13 AM #21
since apple's mail and calendar apps sync with exchange, i'd guess it's a safe bet the iPhone will too. apple has already paid microsoft the licensing fees for it, all they have to do is include the functionality in the phone.
but it's just a guess.
<strong>edit:</strong> i'm not saying they may have this functionality this week. they're amortizing the profits over the next 2 years and intend to add features to the phones over that timespan.
- 06-11-2007, 03:17 PM #22iMore Intermediate
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Yeah, but I would think that IF Apple would have added Exchange compatibility to this device, that it would be a HUGE selling point and they would list it somewhere in the Tech Specs for the device and/or have said something during the keynote. I really don't think it will be able to handle exchange right away.
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