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OS Turf Wars Move to Mobile

Sep 08, 2010, 20:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Love Microsoft or hate it, there are two things about the Redmond enterprise OS maker you can't deny: It's very, very big, and it likes to get its fingers into every pie around. It may not be as big as Apple, at least in terms of market capitalization, but it does have the enormous resources required to do something that Steve Jobs' company has proved itself simply incapable of: Work on a mobile OS without neglecting its line of server and desktop enterprise operating systems.

"To prove the point, late last week Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7, its brand new mobile enterprise operating system, is as ready as its going to get, and it has been released to manufacturing.

"It's an important moment for the company, despite being in a strong position in the enterprise OS market in the data center and in an overwhelmingly dominant position in the corporate desktop OS market. That's because the huge growth market, and arguably the most important battleground for enterprise operating systems right now, is the mobile arena"

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