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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Rumours are appearing about the possible resurfacing of Nokia having another tilt at the Mobile Office Connectivity side of things. Does anyone recall a rather unfortunately named product called NOBS? (Nokia One Business Something?)

Sounds to me like now that they have licensed ActiveSync they’ve decided they want to get on the Blackberry Bandwagon as well? Essentially this would appear to continue on from the older Nokia offerings so it’s rumoured to be referred to Version 4.0 even though they have changed the name. Still everyone else does that don’t they?  ;-)


So I’m imagining that this is simply a component that is meant to sit in the DMZ and be the glue that connects Nokia Devices to either Exchange or Notes Mail Systems?


I don’t know about everyone else, but seeing as the release of MS’s Exchange SP2 / Mobile 5.0 is just over 2 weeks away now, I’d be very cynical about the timing of this. I would strongly suspect that Nokia are trying to “get in under the wire” and steal some of MS’s thunder prior to the official launch.

 

Looking deeper and further, it starts to make some sense when we also realise that the SmartPhone market is starting to display some real maturity. Blackberry has led the way by defining how simple and effective it can be, however, even they realised that this sweet spot in the market would not last forever and at some stage they would be overtaken.

 

As we are now starting to see, as Moore’s Law continues, the devices are getting smaller, faster, more powerful AND even better battery life, even the addition of GPS? ;-)) Blackberry has helped redefine what constitutes a really nice sweet format that is the right size and shape, but also HTC can take some credit for giving us the C500.

 

So are we now on the cusp of an era of Renaissance with regards to handsets? It certainly looks like it, there are so many devices scheduled to arrive shortly that if Motorola doesn’t watch it their new “Q” or RAZBerry will get lost in the stampede.

 

But this still leave’s us with the problem of getting all these devices connected to the BackEnd? So now it would appear that we'll have the two biggest names in the Handset business (both SmartPhones and PDA’s come under my interpretation) Microsoft and Nokia are shaping up to have a real battle to win the hearts and minds of whoever is defining the next phase of the Corporate Strategy around Mobile Devices?

 

One thing is for sure, it sure sounds like Nokia are going for an early release as a “spoiler”, and if so it could backfire on them if they don’t make sure it’s at least *sounding* like it’s up to the task (It's possible that the Remote Wipe facility that is the real sign of some maturity here won't be available on the Nokia system until mid next year).

 

It’ll be interesting to see how the next few weeks play out – me? I’ll catch up with it all when I get back from holidays at the end of the month……

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:08 PM C500/C600 SmartPhone (or replacement) , Exchange and Push Email , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , Security | Back to top


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