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Laurianne
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5/28/2013 | 4:06:04 PM
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Great perspective Mark, thanks for sharing. I am curious: What turned you off about Android?

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TerryB
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5/28/2013 | 5:00:43 PM
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So how does this phone connect to custom browser apps? You noted it doesn't do VPN so you must mean inside a firewall. Can the phone join an AD domain so it can use RADIUS Wi-Fi services at inside firewall sites? We currently do not allow smartphones (and tablets) to connect to our Wi-Fi mainly because of this reason. To me, Microsoft enterprise integration is about AD, not whether you can run Lync applications.
dlessard611
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5/28/2013 | 8:18:23 PM
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I've been the first WP8 device adopter at my company and have been using it for the past 5 months or so. I'm using the Nokia Lumia 822 and could not be happier. Our company operates a COPE model more or less, although I had to purchase my device myself and have it connected to the corp plan.

I came from a BlackBerry and I have to say it doesn't come close to WP8. Yes there are concerns about VPN connectivity but non of our devices are connecting this way. Most users are, regardless of handset, using email and browsing. For me the other tech things like the camera and video capture are crucial for communicating things in an engineering and manufacturing world. The BB was useless for this. SkyDrive integration is great, I take a picture and when I get back to my desk the phone is already sync'd with my desktop and there it is, quite handy. OneNote may be the single more used app for me as I use it extensively on the desktop, but I know there are OneNote clients avaialble on the other platforms.

The email client on WP8 takes a little getting used to, I can't say I love it yet but it's growing on me. The browser is great, most things render nicely. Supporting micro-sd is also a big deal from my 822 which many phones don't support.

Many users are now carrying iPhone's and it's easy to tell these users from others. One thing that makes it easy is iPhone's email client absolutely destroys email formatting, essetially ruining conversation flow and indentation, it drives me crazy. Go back to your Outlook desktop client and you can't follow an email once one of those things replys to one. How can iOS be so bad at email? One thing BB did well is email, I will admit to that but the WP8 client and ActiveSync do quite well.
The performance of the phone is very snappy, flow is beutiful and I've even bought my wife a copy of this phone and when we use her Android tablet it feels like old and tired tech. WP8 is really unique and feels more alive than the old static icon wasteland of BB, iOS and Android.
John Darshan
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5/28/2013 | 9:53:11 PM
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I have a Nokia Lumia on office 365, The experience is a WASTE I'm sorry the operating system and the device is catered towards consumers, and is catching dust for usage. I once had a o2 xda exec (htc universal) running 6.1 professional and a hp 910c almost perfect use for outlook calender tasks, most importantly Categories. What happened to devices for managing Projects?
Tony Kontzer
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5/28/2013 | 10:33:49 PM
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I switched from BlackBerry to iPhone about a year-and-a-half ago, and I share Mark's feelings about the keyboard. It's not a small issue. I'm just a solo freelance journalist, unconnected to any IT department or corporate network, so the iPhone actually probably works much better for me than it has for his staff. But that keyboard thing is huge. Typing texts and emails on the iPhone can be insanely frustrating at times. Definitely my biggest complaint about touch interfaces. That said, on all other fronts, it sure sounds like Mark's made the right call for his business purposes.
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5/29/2013 | 3:59:09 AM
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You have been correct Mark. I stronly feel that even though Windows Phone is late to the market it still will be one of the popular devices in the coming years owing to it's integration in Enterprise market plus its quite unique in a way UI is made plus Microsoft's prowess in Software in getting developers onboard to developing new apps. Also it has got Nokia as a partner which was samsung of Olden days. I have an Android device which I don't think is as polished as Windows Phone. I am too planning to buy windows phone device the next year
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5/29/2013 | 5:29:46 PM
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TerryB, For my WP8 users, I have them connect to a MiFi that has a direct connection to my network.
itguy2000
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5/29/2013 | 5:31:01 PM
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Laurianne, my biggest issue with Android is how hard it is to do basic tasks like creating/deleting a new email account. My user base also seems to need much more help using Android than any other phone OS.
itguy2000
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5/29/2013 | 5:32:09 PM
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You may want to try the new Outlook WP8 client. It has more of a Gmail web look and feel to it.
itguy2000
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5/29/2013 | 5:33:22 PM
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What exactly doesn't work for you? When you say its a waste, what isn't it doing that you are looking for it to do?
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