Enterprise Mobility: Dell Venue Pro: Microsoft`s Answer to BlackBerry`s Business Lock

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-04-14 Print this article Print
Dell Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro

The Dell Venue Pro meets Microsofts minimum requirements for its smartphones: 1GHz processor, capacitive touch screen and 5-megapixel camera.
Microsoft has positioned its Windows Phone 7 platform as consumer-centric, with an Xbox Live hub and easy integration with services such as Facebook and Twitter. That being said, Microsoft has a substantial legacy in mobile software for businesses, courtesy of Windows Mobile, and it seems unlikely that the company would want to abandon its corporate users entirely. With Windows Phone 7, one of the ways Microsoft attempts to keep that business audience is through integration with Outlook and the "Office hub, which offers access to OneNote, SharePoint, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Users can download files, view documents and perform light edits. In addition, third-party developers have been encouraged by Microsoft to build apps for the platform that increase the smartphones' usefulness as productivity devices. The Dell Venue Pro seems like a device especially targeted at those business users. For starters, there's the physical QWERTY keyboard, which slides vertically from underneath the device and provides a hardware answer to the BlackBerry franchise. Then there's the conservative design, more appropriate for a boardroom than a bar. It feels hefty in the hand, at 6.8 ounces, and the 4.1-inch screen is ample real estate for everything from maps to video. But will the Venue Pro help Dell establish itself as a smartphone player and Microsoft as a major maker of mobile devices for business? Only time (and more phones) will answer that question. For a related article click here
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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