The Microsoft Office "hub" that is included in the Phone 7 OS offers considerably advanced mobile functionality for apps such as OneNote, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Excel. But, there is no news yet of which -- if any -- third-party enterprise apps might be available in the Microsoft Marketplace when the devices launch next month.
Microsoft's Rob Tiffany, Mobility Architect for Windows Mobile, discussed Phone 7 and its predecessor OS in his keynote at the MobileTrax Mobile Innovators Awards, on October 6 during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications trade show in San Francisco. He says Microsoft's Windows Embedded Handheld Group, which now oversees Windows Mobile 6.X, will issue a new release this fall based on its existing CE 5 kernel. "We'll have two platforms in parallel initially," said Tiffany. "Future versions will be based on the embedded Compact 7 kernel that Phone 7 is also based on."
It remains to be seen how Phone 7 will fare in an enterprise market that has seen Apple's iOS account for 56 percent of net new enterprise smartphone activations in June-September 2010. Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad led the market in enterprise mobile device activations in that period, according to a report from Good Technology. Android followed, accounting for 28 percent of net new activations in the same period.