Gartner Research

Evaluate Windows 10 for Smartphones for Enterprise Use

Published: 10 September 2015

ID: G00273940

Analyst(s): Annette Zimmermann, Ken Dulaney, Anshul Gupta

Summary

Windows 10 is a unified platform across all endpoint devices. Microsoft recently announced layoffs of some 7,800 employees mainly in smartphones, a write-down of the Nokia acquisition and a de-emphasis on consumer phones. Should IT leaders consider Windows 10 for their smartphones?

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Microsoft and its OEM partners together will lose more share in the consumer market leading to reduced end-user interest in Windows 10 smartphone support by IT
    • Recommendations
  • Microsoft's commitment to Windows 10 across multiple form factors will ensure it continues to provide smartphone hardware to support IT buyers who commit to this strategy
    • Argument for the Prediction
    • Argument Against the Prediction
    • Recommendations
  • Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10 as a common OS across various devices provides IT with one of several choices to build cross-device applications
    • Recommendations

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