- 09-11-2012, 09:49 AM #1
So Daniel wrote an amusing article yesterday about why the President of the United States should carry a Windows Phone. I am a BlackBerry Bold user and the reason I joined this forum is because I will be making the switch to WP8 in November. However, my concern is that WP8 will not have the business tools even at the basic level that BlackBerry does. One example is I was at an AT&T store playing with a Lumia 900 and I couldn't find a way to send neither a contact (vcf file) nor a calendar appointment to share with my business partners. These are very basic features that are expected even of the simplest smartphone OS yet are missing in Windows Phone. I only played with the phone for 20 min but was concerned immediately but will probably make the switch anyway. So are there any other missing business features others have noticed in Windows Phone? I would especially like to hear the input of former BlackBerry users out there. So I guess my question is...Is WP8 business enough?
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09-11-2012, 10:13 AM #2
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WP8 has a completely different back end than WP7.x.
We don't know about what's available out of the box with WP8. It is based off of the same kernel as full blown Windows on your PC, so there is a lot of potential capability.
Business appears to have more input with WP8 than it did with WP7.
- 09-11-2012, 10:15 AM #3
not sure what specific business features are missing as i have never used a phone for business. but i know that enterprise is something MS is focusing on and there should be a myriad of new features introduced in windows phone 8. some of which may address business needs. is it enough? absolutely not... and they know that. BB marketshare is so small right now, its not going to be a huge impact. only time will tell, i persoanlly am excited for the future of windows phones and they ecosystem...
- 09-11-2012, 10:48 AM #4
Contact sharing is taken care of by Nokia Contacts Share app, no way to share a calendar appointment though, as far as I know. And Nokia today announced they will be updating the app to share via BT as well, so thats a nice bonus.
09-11-2012, 12:56 PM #5
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MS is doing a Windows 8, Skydrive, Office, etc... push at the same time as its WP8 push. I imagine their big thing is going to be about business and integration. So I expect some real solid and secure business features will be announced.
- 09-11-2012, 01:28 PM #6
- 09-11-2012, 01:32 PM #7
Truth is we don't know. The OS isn't even done yet. As we talked in another thread, there is a WP7 app to export vcards. Not ideal, but it is there. I'm hoping it becomes built-in.
As for calendar appointments, I just went into my old Focus, opened a calendar invite and did an 'edit', then selected 'more details' and I was able to add more invitees.
WP8 via ActiveSync policies, will finally add the big 'Device Encryption' policy that has been missing from WP since launch. That's a big policy that larger companies that use ActiveSync have been waiting for... especially financial companies that need device encryption.
The BBOS can be a very complex OS with about 1.2 million different settings and options to tweek. There is no other device OS that can compete on a lot of those features. It's still the ideal OS for the hardcore emailer, but remember BBOS as we know it is dead and will be replaced by BB10, which may or may not be as feature rich as the current OS.
- 09-11-2012, 10:29 PM #8
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- 09-13-2012, 03:55 PM #13
Then there is the issue of how many MS Office fields will WP8 mirror? In WM6 it was all of them. In WP7 and 7.5 it was not and mapping was necessary for the fields that were missing.
- 09-13-2012, 04:46 PM #14
- 09-13-2012, 05:38 PM #15
Is it 100% as good as a Blackberry for email. No, but for 95% or more of users it sure is, plus it lets them use iPhone/Android,Windows Phone to boot.
Blackberry shot itself in the head years ago by not bringing a sandboxed Blackberry app to iOS and Android. If they had, all those companies who pitched their Blackberry devices would STILL be writing checks to RIM for BES and CALs. Instead we pay somebody else.
They deserve their fate.
- 09-13-2012, 06:03 PM #16
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Be prepared to be amazed.
It's not ActiveSync as we remember it, but it is a desktop syncing tool. BTW, ActiveSync went the way of the dinosaur with WM5. With Vista and WM6 it was Windows Mobile Device Center and there is a difference.
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- 09-14-2012, 03:03 AM #23