CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Research In Motion (RIM) finally has a reason to celebrate, as Blackberry 7 has been named the best mobile operating system (OS) for enterprise users.
According to a study by Trend Micro that compared four mobile operating systems, Blackberry 7 is the OS that best meets the demands of enterprise owners. RIM's home-grown software got the highest score of 2.89 on a number of factors including built-in security, application security, authentication, device wipe, device firewall and virtualisation, ahead of IOS 5 at 1.7, Windows Phone 7.5 at 1.61 and Android 2.3 at 1.37.
Researchers from Trend Micro, Altimeter Group and Bloor Research said that the Blackberry 7 OS scored highest thanks to its corporate grade security and manageability, and they also gave praise to the Apple Iphone for its lack of removable storage and applauded the robustness of Windows Phone 7.5.
Google's Android software didn't receive such good comments, on the other hand. The researchers noted that the fact that version 2.x is still running on most devices is a security risk in itself, as there is no central means of providing operating system updates.
Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro said, "Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business."
"What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong 'consumer marketing' legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly 'enterprise-unready'."
Maybe RIM should pull out of the consumer market after all. µ