October 11, 2010, 7:16 PM —
No one is arguing it's any less risky or any more convenient to make applications with often-mission-critical data available through highly vulnerable smartphones. (Though there are safe ways to do it.)
It's just that having the current version of Windows on anything gives it, in the minds of non-technology people who want to be able to do their work wherever they are, with whatever toys productivity boosting handheld technology they like.
The good news is that the smartphone version of Windows 7 -- or Windows 7-ish version of Windows Mobile, depending on how you look at it -- is getting good reviews for both the software and the phones it runs on. It's limited to just phones supported on AT&T's GSM network, but that didn't hold the iPhone back much.
It also has Office onboard, and Facebook integrated, though the real business benefit of that last bit is questionable.
Microsoft currently owns around 5 percent of the global smartphone market, but will increase to 7 percent by the end of the year, IDC predicts.