Microsoft vs Competition - Possible Alternative

The latest development from Microsoft includes surface, Windows 8, Mobile endeavors and strategies, the cloud (Azure), the acquisition of Nokia.

Are they considering business services (enterprise offerings), as in providing wireless information services for the workplace? If not then… should they?

Microsoft continues on fighting for a “piece of the pie” for the consumer mobile market (tablets and phones), which currently is led by Apple iOS and Google Android devices, operating systems and app stores. It appears that new phone buyers are willing to give windows a try (at least outside of US and Canada, where the Nokia brand is not strong enough). But still I wonder if instead of going head to head with the 2 giants of the consumer mobile devices niche, Microsoft should consider an alternative strategy. Apple did this by making everyone fall in love again with the brand with their iPOD. That led to the iPhone and the rest is history.

The case that we want to focus here is that providing mobile solutions for the corporate market can be one of those alternatives for Microsoft. Most of the companies, at least in the Americas and Europe, are using PCs and windows operating system. A big population use Microsoft Office, then why not create the necessity for using their tablets and phones as well.  

Blackberry is currently struggling. For many years they were the leaders of wireless services (push emails, mobile phone, text messaging, internet faxing, Web browsing from your mobile phone, and other data related services). In addition, they were able to supply a solution for the niche, security (encryption built-in since day 1, the use of Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) among other corporate-features), and that worked very well for them. This made them popular within institutions (to mention an example: government), because, as we all can imagine when you are dealing with sensitive information traveling to your phone or through your corporate emails, just for naming a scenario, we can understand the value and the importance of having  our data as secure as possible. Blackberry devices became not only a part of our personal life, but part of our work/business one as well.

A few questions keep coming back to my mind: Will BB manage to maintain it? If they don’t then which company/provider will become the "go-to" vendor for this niche? Or will this niche go away as technology keeps changing?

Blackberry is going through a deal with FairFax Financial Holding Ltd. Making it a private company. If the deal moves forward but the wireless hand-held devices and services continues to lose ground facing the risk to become extinct (like others in the past, e.g. Palm) then who would be the one to rise to the challenge and the expectations?

Maybe this is a possible strategy for Microsoft to consider and finally position them as another viable and strong mobile option. I believe they (Microsoft) own strong tools (cloud, office, office365, outlook, server products, partners and infrastructure) that make them a viable option.

Microsoft needs to face the reality:
1. They did come out late in the game.
2. They haven’t been great in sales either.

So they need to make everyone feel they are an innovating company, but most of all they need to find a way to get to “everyone’s head and stay there” in a positive way.

I want to close this article by briefly referring to the other side of the coin around this subject.  There is a trend in the business market of “bring-your-own-device” policies where corporations ask employees to use their own mobile phones for work email and provide partial reimbursement to the employee, with the potential of converting the business and government market much more like the consumer market.

 Because of the security factor, I have my doubts this will happen completely. If any it will be a mix. Although the market behavior can always change and prove me wrong…

In any case if that trend becomes a reality then again the company with the most robust platform with a good service will be the one to lead that niche and gain more market share. If Microsoft intention is to dominate the mobile business then they should consider an alternative like this one before one of his competitors grabs it first.

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