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Apple's Dominance Of Enterprise Mobility Slips

Android is gaining acceptance in business at the cost of Apple's iOS popularity while Microsoft languishes at the bottom.

To hear Apple CEO Tim Cook tell it, the company's iPhone and iPad dominate mobile hardware for enterprises.

"...[O]ver 98% of the Fortune 500 and over 92% of the Global 500 [are] using iOS devices in their business today," Cook said in a statement introducing his company's enterprise mobility partnership with IBM last month.

But businesses also are using competing mobile devices, running Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry -- or all three -- often alongside iOS devices. Just because 98% of Fortune 500 companies use iOS doesn't mean that Apple's iOS accounts for 98% of the mobile enterprise market.

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It appears that Apple's hold on the enterprise mobile market is slipping, although the company remains far ahead of the competition and its deal with IBM looks likely to fortify, if not improve, its position.

According to Good Technology, Android device activations among its 5,000 worldwide enterprise clients during the second quarter of 2014 reached 32% of total activations, an increase of five percentage points. Activations during this period for iOS devices, meanwhile, declined five percentage points to 67% of total activations. That leaves 1% for Windows Phone, which has remained flat for the past five quarters. BlackBerry activations are not tracked by Good Technology.

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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful ... View Full Bio

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