“Are they (Microsoft) the ones to take RIM's place?” Bibby mused about whether Windows Phone 8 can pick up some of the enterprise phone market share lost by RIM.
The key opportunity for channel partners with Windows Phone 8 is the fact that it will be so well integrated with the rest of Microsoft's [Nasdaq: MSFT] growing stable of offerings, including Azure cloud, the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, and the new Surface tablet, Bibby said.
“The thing I like is if I can get Windows 8 on my laptop, tablet and phone then I can start using Microsoft PowerPoint slides across all three,” Bibby said as an example. “You can't go very easily between a laptop to an iPad and back to your laptop. It's just very difficult. But if I can work on my PowerPoint document ….keeping the file format intact throughout…that is very powerful.”
“If it's all integrated, that's been (Microsoft's) success story,” Bibby added.