Windows Phone: The Real Power is in the Productivity

October 29, 2011, By George Lang

The real power in mobile computing is not in what most of us use it for on a daily basis; for example: email, instant messaging, music, even videos and gaming. Most all mobile smart phones can do these things (some faster than others).

NOKIA Lumia 800 Windows Phone

But the real power lies in how the device is networked, the services it has access to, and how productive the resultant partnership can be. Whether it is Internet-based cloud services, office servers, or home network access, the power of mobile computing lies in what servers the device is capable of accessing and in what can be accomplished as a result.

The “services” mentioned above (e.g., email and gaming) fall into certain important categories: communication and fun respectively. But beyond these simple services, not all mobile devices are created equal. The new Windows Phone has been designed to seamlessly interface with powerful Microsoft products such as Exchange server, Internet Information Services (IIS), the Microsoft Office suite of applications, and many others. Because they are all Microsoft products, they require comparatively little customization to achieve a relatively robust degree of productivity.

The hidden versatility built into Windows Phone will surprise even the most seasoned mobile professionals. Take, for instance, the functionality of the expensive devices carried by UPS and FedEx carriers (e.g., fleet GPS tracking and dispatch services; transaction logging; etc.). Similar functionality—and much, much more—can now be programmed into a much less expensive Windows Phone.

Because of these features, even small to medium businesses (SMBs) can now utilize these powerful networked phones with inexpensive Microsoft Windows Small Business Server networks to set up enterprise-level productivity for their mobile employees. For those mobile users looking beyond simple communication and entertainment features in their phones, the new Windows Phone should not be overlooked.

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