A number of Microsoft's enterprise-grade software options have been revamped to allow for better mobile access, which has increased to value for many Microsoft certification courses for cloud platforms. With the use of Windows Azure – an SQL Server cloud platform – businesses can easily place large programs such as SharePoint on the cloud, allowing workers to access business programs on their mobile devices.
The enhanced mobility of Microsoft software has certainly excited many CIOs and IT managers who believe it will allow employees to be more productive across a variety of devices. Adding to that sentiment is the fact that Microsoft recently struck a deal with Nokia that could see the company become a major player in the mobile market.
CSO reported that Microsoft plans to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion, which could help the company create an enterprise-level mobile experience that Apple and Android developers would find difficult to match.
The source stated that Microsoft has a leg up on the competition because its products are already in place at many companies. From the use of desktop Windows operating systems to the proliferation of collaborative software such as SharePoint and Lync, the company is vastly experienced at providing enterprise solutions.
More integration coming?
Now, the task for Microsoft will be finding a way to integrate its products with mobile gadgets. However, if the last year is any indication of the company's plans for mobile expansion, enterprise leaders should expect proactive developments that should enhance their mobile experience. With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft introduced a number of new features specifically designed for mobile use such as the inclusion of HTML5 that allows cross-device programing for website construction and access.
USA Today reported that the partnership has been forged to little fanfare. The source suggested it may be due to the fact that Nokia's mobile presence has dwindled in recent years and many consumers don't view Microsoft as a major player in the market. However, USA Today did note that the purchase joins the world's third-largest smartphone OS creator (Microsoft) with the second-biggest phone seller on the planet (Nokia). Surely, that is a partnership that has the potential to revolutionize enterprise mobility.
If the track record of Microsoft is anything to go by, IT professionals may want to brush up Microsoft training for SharePoint, Lync and other mobile-enabled programs. The Nokia acquisition could be the tipping point for Microsoft's future domination of the enterprise mobile market.