This week in Enterprise Mobility can’t match last week for big stories, but you may want to take note of these three items.
- Blackberry maker RIM Retains J.P. Morgan and RBC to review strategic options;
- Speculation that Facebook may launch a phone next year;
- Microsoft to release native Outlook App for iPhone this fall.
BlackBerry Maker Retains Investment Bankers
The Future of RIM and whether the BlackBerry maker will survive in the fiercely competitive enterprise smartphone market garnered a lot of news this week when it retained Royal Bank of Canada and J.P. Morgan as advisers. The company is seeing decelerating sales, shipments and market share. Now that the high wall erected by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is down and being replaced by device-agnostic mobile device management software there is rampant speculation on BlackBerry’s future. The key question EdgeLens asks is: At this point, will the enterprise notice if BlackBerry goes the way of the Cisco Cius and HP Touchpad. Full analysis here.
Facebook working on a Smartphone
This may be taking the consumerization of IT too far for the enterprise, but BYOD programs may be flooded with requests to support Facebook (FB) phones next year according to the New York Times. According to TechCrunch FB was building software for a phone in 2010 and collaborating with a hardware manufacturer. The thought was that FB could only deeply integrate with the phone contacts and related features if it controlled the OS. A later blog post in the Wall Street Journal’s AllthingsD reported FB was working with HTC to build a new phone. Google’s completion of its Motorola acquisition last week is likely to further fuel speculation since FB’s two big technology platform rivals, Apple and Google, both now have hardware and software. CIOs beware.
Microsoft to Release Native Outlook iOS App
This is one I missed last week, but is worth coming back to for the enterprise. Apple Insider reported that Microsoft plans to release native iOS Outlook and Lync apps in the App Store as early as October. With THE RADICATI GROUP estimating 53% of businesses use Microsoft Outlook for messaging a native Outlook app is sure to be popular. While this is good news there is a red flag in the release that may be cause for concern in the enterprise. It is also easy to wonder is if this move is too little too late as Microsoft loses its dominance in enterprise messaging. Read more here.