There are only a few certainties in life, and one is that the majority of the corporate and enterprise user base of BlackBerry is going to transition over to Windows Phone in the near future.
In fact, the UK, often said to be BlackBerry’s most important market, is already doing so.
Microsoft’s mobile platform is seeing a much increased adoption from business users. In fact, the UK police has apparently decide that BlackBerry devices are not enough for their needs. So instead of choosing Android or iOS, they have taken the Windows Phone route.
This report states that Cambridgeshire Constabulary believes that Windows Phone is the perfect replacement for their needs, and has already made the plans to switch public.
In the words of Ian Bell, head of ITC at Cambridgeshire Constabulary:
“The security hasn’t been right with Windows Phone in the past, but it absolutely is now. Mobile device management providers have worked their socks off to be ready for 8.1 Phone release, and with the new encryption and new application VPN, it makes this platform become viable from a public sector perspective, while it probably never had been in the past. It is enterprise-ready as far as we are concerned.”
It appears that the decision was made right after Microsoft made some announcements at BUILD 2014, and the department will be providing employees some 8,000 Windows Phone handsets in the next couple of months.
And not just the most affordable ones too — the frontline staff will be getting the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablets, while executives are in line to get the Lumia 930 smartphones. A few Lumia 635 smartphones are also in the mix.
All in a good day’s work for Microsoft, then, eh?