Next year is do-or-die for Microsoft, RIM in smartphone OS market

IDC says growth in smart mobile device spending to spur IT spending uptick

IT spending on smart mobile devices--smartphones, tablet and eReaders--will increase 20 percent next year, making up 57 percent of the growth in overall IT spending for the year, according to estimates by research firm IDC.

Worldwide IT spending is expected to grow at a more modest 5.7 percent, exceeding $2.1 trillion in 2013, according to IDC.

In 2013, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) will need to capture greater interest from mobile app developers to expand the number of apps that run on devices powered by their respective operating systems. Failure to do so by the end of 2013 will likely be the beginning of their demise in this market, IDC cautioned.

In addition, hardware vendors like Samsung will explore their OS options, including the Linux-based Tizen mobile OS, as a hedge against the growing market dominance of Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android. IDC expects China's ZTE to compete for a position among the world's top three smartphone makers based on its strong growth rate and strong position in emerging markets.

The research firm also predicts that security software vendors and IT shops will start using Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Google, and other social and consumer cloud identity services as a part of their identity management environment, giving them the ability to extend identity management from their enterprise to wider circles of customers, partners and prospects.

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