Has it happened to you yet? Has someone brought in a Windows 8 phone or laptop and asked to use it in the enterprise as part of your BYOD policy?
We're curious, so we're asking in our latest poll.
It isn't only about curiosity, of course. There's a serious reason for this. With the fading of BlackBerry, it looked briefly like those supporting BYOD policies would need to worry about only two operating systems. That would have made a certain amount of rational behavior possible.
Whatever their strengths and weaknesses, Android and iOS are known quantities. You've likely created some specific enterprise apps for one or both. You've probably got a list of blacklisted apps. You know some of the workarounds and the problems they cause.
Now -- admit it -- as familiar as Windows is, you are probably dreading at some level the moment the first Windows 8 phone or tablet walks into your enterprise. Of course, it's more than a month after Christmas, and January is probably the biggest month of the year for new devices in your mobile device management registry. So you may have seen them already.
In late November, Microsoft said it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses.
By early January, that number had reached 60 million. As of Dec. 10, 4 million Windows 8 phones had been sold in the fourth quarter. And it's likely even more found their way under the tree by Christmas. Of course, a lot of those licenses and phones were sold directly to enterprises. But there's no doubt laptops, tablets, or phones are starting to trickle in from employees through BYOD.
The first question we have is whether you're seeing them. After you tell us that in the poll, go to the comment section and tell us what you plan to do about it. Are you thinking about Windows 8 mobile apps for your enterprise? Are you thinking of recommending (or banning) Windows 8 devices in your enterprise? Are you concerned about dealing with three operating systems -- or more? (BlackBerry just released a new version of its operating system, and there are even rumors of a Linux phone.)
Take the poll. Comment below. We'd love to hear what you have to say.