“Office 2.0 isn’t about drag and drop, AJAX-powered, document sharing websites, it’s about working where you want, when you want, and being able to conduct real business regardless. Push e-mail is a start. Better data plans for mobile devices, more wireless access points, and better systems for collaboration are what are needed.”
I’ve seen both Rogers and Telus (I’m a Telus customer) offering non-BlackBerry push e-mail options, but from the sounds of this Toronto Star article Rogers might be getting more aggressive about it:
Rogers Wireless plans to sell email devices powered by Microsoft alongside Research In Motion’s BlackBerry in a bid to cash in on the software titan’s efforts to crack the wireless email market.
The country’s largest wireless carrier will announce today that it is rolling out a major advertising campaign that pushes handheld devices equipped with Microsoft Corp’s Windows Mobile software.
Rogers’ move is significant because the cable giant is a long-time RIM partner, having played a key role in helping pioneer the concept of wireless email in Canada. It’s also a key vote of confidence in Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft’s mobile strategy, which has so far failed to make serious inroads into RIM’s market share.
Microsoft is billed as the first "serious challenger" to Waterloo-based Research In Motion Ltd., which currently dominates the market for wireless email with its ubiquitous BlackBerry devices. Source: TheStar.com | Business | Rogers Wireless email push targets RIM
What I find even more interesting is Nick Carr and James Governor commenting on how RIM really is the company responsible for the Office 2.0 revolution. Microsoft, in my opinion, has done little to push the vision of Office 2.0 forward. If Redmond is serious about getting into this space they better start understanding how we tech Bedouins really work. I don’t think Rogers or Telus really get it either come to think of it.
I’m very lucky that I was able to negotiate the extremely rare in Canada unlimited data plan for my BlackBerry. I can go anywhere (in Canada) and if I can get a decent cell signal be online, even on my laptop (with my BlackBerry in modem mode).
Office 2.0 isn’t about drag and drop, AJAX-powered, document sharing websites, it’s about working where you want, when you want, and being able to conduct real business regardless. Push e-mail is a start. Better data plans for mobile devices, more wireless access points, and better systems for collaboration are what are needed.
Good thing is that I know that these are all on the horizon.
Okay maybe not the better data rate plans.