Windows Phone, also known as Windows Mobile or WinMo for short, is one of the most trusted platforms with enterprise users. The ability to enforce an enterprise-wide mobile security policy, ease of provisioning, carrier independence, solid integration with Exchange and support for Office are some of the enterprise-friendly features of Windows Mobile. Other advantages include support for a wide range of hardware from mobile phones to handhelds from different manufacturers, presence of a powerful development environment and debugging tool (Visual Studio), and general availability of developers who are conversant with the platform. Thus Windows Mobile applications has been widely deployed by enterprises to connect employees on the move with corporate systems. Some of the applications include collection of field data, workflow systems and integration with ERP and CRM systems.
With the introduction of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is targeting the consumer market. This phone will be directly competing with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. We do not expect the initial revisions of Windows Phone 7 to be enterprise-friendly; however, Microsoft will continue support for Windows Mobile 6.5 until Windows Phone 7 picks up enterprise features.
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 is the second generation of the Windows Phone mobile
operating system. Windows Phone 8 replaced its Windows CE - based architecture
with one based off the Windows NT kernel. Windows Phone 7.x devices will not be
able to run or update to Windows Phone 8 and new applications compiled
specifically for Windows Phone 8 will not be made available for Windows Phone
Windows Phone 8 supports multiple resolutions ("WVGA 800x480 15:9","WXGA 1280x768 15:9","720p 1280x720 16:9" resolutions) and multi-core processors, near field communication (NFC, which can primarily be used to share content and perform payments), backwards compatibility with Windows Phone 7 apps, improved support for removable storage, a redesigned home screen incorporating re-sizable tiles across the entire screen, Nokia Maps integration, a new Wallet hub (to integrate NFC payments, coupon websites such as Groupon, and loyalty cards), and "first-class" integration of VoIP applications into the core functions of the OS.
Additionally, Windows Phone 8 will include more features aimed at the enterprise market, such as device management, BitLocker encryption, and the ability to create a private Marketplace to distribute apps to employees--features expected to meet or exceed the enterprise capabilities of the previous Windows Mobile platform. Windows Phone 8 will also support over-the-air updates, and all Windows Phone 8 devices will receive software support for at least 18 months after their release.
At MediaPlus, we are proficient with both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 OS. Some of the apps we have developed include:
- App for handheld PCs used by field engineers to enter readings from machines as part of testing and certifying machines.
- App to capture data regarding customer premises for a mobile ISP (including photos).
- App for physicians to see their schedule, view patient data, and enter diagnostic (ICD) and treatment (CPT) codes on their Windows Mobiles.
- App for a discount social network, which will help consumers to view and use discounts in their location which are already announced by business owners.
- App for an existing newspaper company, that provides latest news and entertainment information with photos and video galleries.
- App for Cash management with features like balance check, history of transactions, Pending Payment lists, fund transfer etc.
- App for listing online stores for a product based on the barcode captured.
- Survey application with graphical display of survey summary, location wise summary on bing map etc.
- App for listing entertainment news published on newzglobe.
- 15Puzzle game
So whether you are looking for developing a mobile app for your enterprise or a consumer app, we can help.