Microsoft has been concentrating on the phones that it has been updating in the market. In 2009 it came hitting the market with its Windows Mobile 6.5, which was very efficient to support corporate security and management needs. And soon after the 6.5 version played its flair, came in the Windows Phone 7 which was not at all configured with the functioning of the security and management capabilities of Windows Mobile. I would rank it to be the biggest mistake the Microsoft had ever made.
Also amid of the market fluctuations and the decisions of the customers came in the Apple’s iOS 4 that had all the security options in its laps and then started the bad days of Microsoft’s Windows 7. And it really didn’t take time for market to make Apple gadget as their new corporate phone and then started the iPhone’s age.
The story didn’t stop there, because then Microsoft brought its Windows 8 this year. Also secures its efficient places in the handsets of Nokia, HTC. And this time it hasn’t come empty handed, it has come with the security and management capabilities very well installed in its smartphone. On the scale of performance I would rank Windows phone as a well performing OS. But the only problem that it has been facing is the inability to work in most business environments has helped keep its adoption at trivial levels.
But now I really would like to question the users who have tested both iOS and Windows 8 phones that is the comparison worthy. At a starting level I would actually answer it in a positive manner. Also it has been successfully reported that Windows has all the functionalities to configure the information workers in open corporations, those not needing to meet high-level regulatory or security requirements. But it’s not still that capable to support the higher level of working environments. The main reason behind this lacking structure is that it supports fewer policies than Apple’s iOS and to the fact MDM vendors can’t yet implement clients that provide the same level of extra controls they can for iOS and in some cases Android to go beyond what the OS itself supports.
Now the question that might be prompting you is that what actually Windows 8 is good at? When speaking of the similarities then it supports Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policies for basic management via Microsoft Exchange or System Centre 2012, as well as native policies for MDM vendors to use. Perhaps the biggest change is the new ability to manage apps — both from the Windows Store and an enterprise’s own catalogue — similar to iOS’s approach but handled more centrally, and this feature is much similar to iOS and android.
So, on the basis of the above mentioned information it can be concluded that Windows 8 does well to the basic corporate world but looses the comparison when talked at a higher genre.