Looks like Microsoft has openly declared war on RIM/Blackberry...

Of  course there's more to an Enterprise Mobile Solutions discussion than just TCO, but in many discussions TCO is an important driver. I do question by the way how many companies actually still make the business case for mobile email (regardless if its RIM or Microsoft). The paper referred to in this post compares the RIM BlackBerry TCO against a Windows Mobile solution.

The paper is sponsored by Microsoft
Well, that seems interesting to check out, so I clicked on the download link, and got...

Image:Peter de Haas: TCO Comparison of Enterprise Mobile Solutions: Windows Mobile and RIM BlackBerry

Oh that's helpful.  I guess this is my first .DOCX download.  It seems strange to me that Microsoft would publish a study like this in an editable document format, rather than an unmodifiable image like a PDF.  I guess they're just trying to drag me through their "file format graveyard" kicking and screaming.

As for the study itself: It was conducted by Wipro, a technology services company (not an analyst or research firm).  I don't see anywhere where Wipro disclaims any conflict of interest around their business implementing Microsoft solutions.  They also devote a lot of ink and pretty charts to setup costs, tech support costs, and infrastructure costs for the Blackberry environment, without looking at the equivalent for Windows Mobile.  I also think it is interesting that some of the dings on RIM are issues they've addressed pretty effectively in their Domino-based BES environment.

Anyway, if you want to take a look at how MS and their partners gang up on a formerly strategic partner, check out
Link: Peter de Haas: TCO Comparison of Enterprise Mobile Solutions: Windows Mobile and RIM BlackBerry >

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