Tablet wars kick-start the mobile UC market

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Tablet wars kick-start the mobile UC market
This article first appeared in Best in UC. Amazon just stopped the run of the also-rans in the tablet market. What the world saw as battle between devices just morphed into a battle between Apple OS and Andriod OS. As ZDNet opined, the two behemoths just took over. Amazon has the price points and the subsidies to move product, build significant share, and most importantly make money with the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch products. Apple has the high end nailed down with the iPad, the apps that accompany it, and the emerging enterprise acceptance of their offering. Who would have thought that Apple would be the corporate computing play, and Amazon would be the appeal to the consumer at a $199 (soon to be $99) price point? Maybe HP’s intelligence operation saw this coming, which led to the early demise (almost stillbirth) of the HP Touch. What are the implications for mobile UC? Well, the IT directors I have visited with lately have largely given in to the cries from the user community and accepted the iPad as a default tablet platform. They are busy writing and contracting applications to fully use the video, audio, and mobility functions of the device. Will there be room for two operating systems in the corporate playground? It would seem that would be in the best interest of the community. Don’t know; stay tuned. As I have spoken with developers and the staffing firms that find them jobs, the hottest areas right now are .NET, SharePoint, and Apple OS app development. We have seen the user community demanding not only email, instant messaging and telephony apps on the iPad, but also one- and two-way video capabilities. The concentration on just the Apple and Amazon (Andriod) platforms should speed the time-to-market for these apps. Too bad for all the guys in the middle that do not have Apple’s marketing and app advantages, and Amazon’s retail and on-line presence.

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