Microsoft can't even get IT interested in its mobile platform

Three years after Windows Phone and a year after Windows 8, businesses are testing -- and using -- rivals instead

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That's actually good news for Microsoft, as Windows will continue to be a major part of the enterprise client technology portfolio -- just not on mobile devices.

Still, I wouldn't completely count Microsoft out. Yes, it does seems determined to repeat the mistakes of Windows 8 in the forthcomimg Windows 8.1, as well as the mistakes of the Surface tablet in the forthcoming Surface 2 tablets -- doing the same thing while expecting a different result is the very definition of crazy.

But there's one aspect of the mobile world that could give Microsoft a chance to get back in the game later. Today's mobile management tools support both iOS and Android; a few also support OS X and Windows Phone. (Apple's convergence of OS X and iOS management should further ease Mac adoption.)

That's a big contrast to the Windows-only desktop management tools that help keep PCs a Windows monoculture even as a growing number of people want Macs. If Microsoft were to get its act together and deliver a workable mobile version of Windows, the fundamentally hetereogeneous nature of mobile management would let that version of Windows enter the fray fairly easily -- assuming Microsoft didn't create a wholly incompatible or proprietary set of APIs, à la BlackBerry and Windows RT.

Until then, the days of the Windows monoculture are over.

This article, "Microsoft can't even get IT interested in its mobile platform," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Galen Gruman's Mobile Edge blog and follow the latest developments in mobile technology at InfoWorld.com. Follow Galen's mobile musings on Twitter at MobileGalen. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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