10 Enterprise Apps That Make Lumia 950, 950 XL Users More Productive

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-10-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Enterprise Apps That Make Lumia 950, 950 XL Users More Productive

    The right apps could make Microsoft's Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones a good fit for the enterprise. Here are 10 apps that will make employees more productive.
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Microsoft's new Windows 10 Lumia smartphones, the 950 and the 950 XL, promise a higher-end experience than many Windows mobile users have had in the past. In fact, Microsoft is so excited about the prospects for its new Lumia smartphones that it believes they could become real contenders in the crowded smartphone market that is dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung. For that to happen, however, the enterprise will need to sign on. And for that to happen, companies will need a suitable number of enterprise-focused applications that they can download to make employees more productive. Realizing that, Microsoft has welcomed developers with open arms, and so an increasing number of useful mobile apps from both the software giant itself and third parties are available to the corporate world. In the following slides, eWEEK will look at those apps, identifying 10 enterprise-focused programs that companies should place on their new Lumia smartphones once they get them in their employees' hands.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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