Microsoft Sues Motorola

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-07-2010

Week in Review: Android Goes Pro + More

Whether it's news of Leo Apotheker taking over at HP or the impending release of Windows Phone 7, the past week has shown changing market conditions that will likely affect the decisions you make going forward. That is also evident in news of Motorola deciding to take on the BlackBerry in the enterprise with the Droid Pro. It's clear in Verizon's decision to start rolling out 4G LTE Web connectivity over the coming months. Simply put, there are a slew of major stories that crossed the wire over the past week that matter to you. And we've put them all together here to make it easy for you to stay up to date on the topics that matter most

Windows Phone 7 Debuts

Microsoft is holding an event October 11 to unveil Windows Phone 7, along with the devices its mobile operating system will be running on. The devices at the event are expected to only be available to AT&T and T-Mobile customers. One source tells CIO Insight the deices will be available commercially on Nov. 15.

The CIO Insight

Windows Phone 7 has been a long time coming for Microsoft. Its current mobile OS, Windows Mobile, has been having an extremely difficult time keeping up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android OS in the commercial marketplace. However, it's Windows Mobile 6 and 6.5 platform are widely used in enterprise deployments, particularly involving ruggedized handheld such as those made by Motorola Symbol and Intermec. While Microsoft is making a play for the white collar worker with Windows Phone 7, it's leaving a huge swath of enterprise users and device makers out in the cold. A clear enterprise vision is among the Phone 7 issues that Microsoft will need to address going forward.

Microsoft Sues Motorola

In a somewhat surprising move recently, Microsoft filed a patent-infringement lawsuit  against Motorola, alleging the phone maker violated nine of the software giant's patents in its Android-based smartphones. Microsoft cited the devices' handling of synchronization and notifications as examples of the infringement.

The CIO Insight

Whether or not this lawsuit will damage Microsoft's relationship with Motorola is unknown at this point. But it could be a mistake on the software giant's part. Motorola is a key Android-handset maker. And considering Google is Microsoft's top competitor in the mobile market, it would only make sense for Microsoft to partner with Motorola, as well. But this lawsuit could hurt its chances of that. And in the process, it could limit your handset choices if you opt for Windows Phone 7.

Motorola  Droid Pro

Speaking of Motorola, the handset maker introduced a slew of new smartphones this week, including the Droid Pro. The Android 2.2-based smartphone is designed specifically for corporate customers, and includes a 3.1-inch multitouch display, QWERTY keyboard, and Adobe's Flash 10.1 for better Web browsing.

The CIO Insight

The Droid Pro is designed to take on RIM's BlackBerry. If your company is tired of the BlackBerry, the Droid Pro might just be a fine solution. It includes many of the features that users want. But as with every other RIM competitor, it can't come close to matching BlackBerry Enterprise Server for enterprise deployments. So, if you're heavily invested in that, the Droid Pro likely won't appeal to you.

Verizon Gets Serious About 4G

Verizon Wireless plans to significantly expand its wireless 4G LTE rollout for 2010. The company says that it will deploy 4G LTE in 38 cities around the U.S., and in 60 airports. The company originally only planned to offer 4G in 30 cities.

The CIO Insight

Getting your employees equipped with 4G connectivity should be one of your top goals. Although 3G is helping keep your employees connected, 4G delivers a superior experience, thanks to faster speeds and low latency. In other words, it should make your employees even more productive than ever while they're on the go. Keep an eye out for 4G going forward.

HP Finally Has a New CEO

After months of waiting, HP finally has a new CEO in former SAP executive Leo Apotheker. The company's new leader will join HP on Nov. 1.

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If your enterprise is heavily invested in HP's services, you'll want to take notice. Apotheker comes from a decidedly software-focused background. And he has already said that software will play a key role in his plans. Whether or not that will hurt the company's hardware or services divisions remains to be seen. It's something you'll want to keep a close eye on.