IBM: Smartphones and tablets to be primary enterprise devices, has no plans to support Windows Phone 7

ibm_logoIBM is making some dubious bets at the moment.

The first is the claim by the company that tablets and smartphones will become the primary device for enterprise users within three to five years. Given that enterprise is all about productivity, and smartphones and tablets, especially at present, are not, one does have to wonder what IBM is thinking.

To pursue this goal the company is creating software for a number of smartphone platforms, including Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian devices, but has no plans to create software for Windows phone 7.

"We are constantly evaluating Windows Phone 7 to see if there is enterprise interest before investing. So far there is inquiry level interest, but there is no demand in the enterprise for it," said Ed Brill, director of product management for LotusLive, Notes and Domino at IBM.

Proving how out of touch with reality the company is, he continued:

"MeeGo, on the other hand, looks interesting, although I don’t know how much work we’re gong to have to put into it. Nokia seems to be more interested in MeeGo as a consumer operating system."

Read more at v3.co.uk here.

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