Some industry analysts have weighed in on Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia‘s handset business and its effects on the federal mobility market, FCW reported Thursday.
Adam Mazmanian writes the $7.2 billion acquisition could help the software company extend its reach in the federal market for tablets and mobile phones.
Tom Suder, president of Mobilegov, told FCW the acquisition presents an opportunity not only for Microsoft to extend its portfolio but also for the government to leverage existing Microsoft investments.
An IDC analysis indicates Windows has already surpassed Blackberry in the market share for mobile operating systems and is on track to powering 10 percent of all smartphones by 2017, according to FCW.
Manzmanian also noted government initiatives that favor the convergence of desktop and mobile environments.
Data from Govini shows Microsoft has sold more software to the federal government than has Apple, although the gap is wider in desktops than tablets.
A new Windows-based tablet will likely be released this month, Mazmanian writes.