Think Microsoft is on the decline? Think again.
That's according to a survey of 100 IT managers, 48% of whom said they plan to standardize on Microsoft OSes -- Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 and Windows RT tablet -- for their mobile platform. The survey was written up in an IDG News Service story and was conducted by ThinkEquity, a finance and research concern. Three months ago, Microsoft's share was 44% in the same survey.
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The durability of Microsoft Office is credited for the company's strong showing in the survey.
"We have increasing confidence that [Microsoft] is well positioned to leverage its Office franchise to perhaps continue to dominate the corporate PC environment as the platform shifts from desktop/laptop to mobile device," ThinkEquity analyst Yun Kim said in the story.
There's also some buzz around Windows 8, which along with Microsoft's Surface RT tablet makes its debut on Oct. 26.
During the same three month period, Apple's share grew from 10-14% while Google Android dropped from 11 to 8%.
Of course, what CIOs and IT managers say does not necessarily reflect the reailty that end users will use whatever they want. And a sample of 100 IT managers is at best a glimpse of what might happen.
Another dynamic to keep in mind is that Microsoft with the Surface RT tablet is essentially making and selling PCs for the first time. Click here for an analysis of what Microsoft competing with its Windows partners means.
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