In the past few weeks, there have been three big power player companies who have made public their decisions to integrate new major mobile initiatives. Microsoft, IBM and Motorola are gearing up for mobility by creating new operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft has announced the details of Windows Embedded Handheld, it has a new mobile operating system which is slated to be used by enterprise users. This will be released in 2011. The said enterprise platform is said to be based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Before the actual date of its release, the first version of this enterprise oriented platform will be discharged at the end of 2010. According to Microsoft, it will be architected on the existing Windows Mobile 6.5 platform and will certainly co-exist with its consumer targeted mobile operating system.
Microsoft will also be launching the Motorola ES400 which will also be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and is said to be Motorola’s smallest as well as the lightest enterprise in all of their created digital assistants. ES400 will be sold to enterprises later this year through the Sprint-Nextel brand.
IBM is also set to join in the frenzy and launch into the mobile enterprise market using the software and service releases as well. One of these releases is the world-known Mobile Widgets, a creation from WebSphere CEA. Its goal is to aid the consumers so that they can easily navigate the mobile retail websites. There is a new software development lab called the IBM Mass Lab. This development lab has armed itself with 3,400 IBM employees.
They will be focusing on enterprise mobile computing. The first product they will manufacture is the Intelligent Site Operations. This is a combination of analytics software and services for instantaneous and real-time remote management of base stations and base stations sites. Included in these are monitoring of antennas, power, air-conditioning and heating and backup. The same lab will also be focusing on the enhanced network analytics for the integration of 4G networks.
In Motorola’s case, they have told the Wall Street Journal of their plans to invest billions of dollars into their mobile business after making a spin-off of the unit at a later date in 2010. For the past three years, Motorola and its mobile units have lost approximately $5 billion dollars, but they have unsurprisingly made direct 180 by setting their attention on Google Android-based handsets and mobile phones.
They have bought back most of their debt, but Motorola is willing to shell out between $3 and $4 billion into Motorola Mobility. Along with this news, co-CEO of Motorola will apparently be taking the place of CEO of Motorola Mobility.
These new developments are a big stepping stone for enterprises because the new features will be its most basic yet most important tools in the working world. Mobility in this day and age is an asset and it is obviously clear that these three big-name companies are finally stepping into the ring with all the other enterprises platforms with the main goal to alleviate the problems of having to handle their workload just in the office when it is clear that they can finally have access even while they are on the go.