Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS is the leading mobile platform of choice for enterprise according to a new report from Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS), a software company that provides desktop virtualization, cloud computing technologies, and other services for enterprise mobile users.
Citrix’s data provides an interesting glimpse of how Apple’s iOS platform has come to dominate mobile device enrollment in the enterprise arena, even though Citrix’s own user base clearly uses more Windows-based programs for their desktops and data management. As Apple Insider reports, Citrix’s highest-selling app was the Citirix Receiver, which is a mobile enterprise app that “provides secure access to Windows desktops, apps and data.”
Despite the customers’ slant towards using Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) products for their other business needs, according to Citrix’s Q4 2012 Enterprise Mobility Report, iOS still dominates enterprise mobility usage with 58 percent of global devices utilizing iOS.
Windows’ own mobile platform only holds a paltry 7 percent of the mobile device market for enterprise according to Citrix’s data. According to Apple Insider, “just four years ago, Microsoft surpassed Apple in every country.” Now it appears that the rate of enrollment for Windows-based mobile devices has stagnated.