Several blogs have noted how much Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 focuses on the consumer, rather than the business market. But look again.
With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has reinvented the phone interface-not in terms of look, but in terms of focus. Instead of creating an application-focused interface, Microsoft choose to put the data front and center, organizing information into hubs. And that could make Windows Phone 7 the most enterprise-friendly -- and integration-friendly -- mobile OS available to date, ReadWrite Enterprise contends.
The piece points out that to date, mobile use is actually quite limited. People check their e-mail, look up something online, and post to Twitter-usually one thing at a time.
The ability to access more than one application at a time-or, at least, the data from those applications -- still isn't there:
When mobile collaboration does find its place in the market, it's not going to be a one-application world. It will require the ability to mash up data, pulling information from multiple sources. Our daily work requires us to use multiple applications simultaneously.
This speaks directly to what's so promising about the Windows Phone 7: It's focused on the data and information, not the application. It's a difference reflected in the interface, as you can see from the photos of both interfaces published in this Gizmodo review.
The ReadWrite Enterprise post goes into further explanation about why this reconceived phone OS might be the key to dissolving the silos of mobile phones.
For more on the Windows Phone 7, including a look at additional business features, check out Rob Enderle's piece, "Windows Phone 7 Series: The Hard Stuff is Yet to Come."