NYPD to ditch Windows phones for iPhones

Jessica Tisch Deputy IT Commissioner for the NYPD standing with Mayor Bill de Blasio

Nowhere is this situation more pronounced than with the #NYPD, which is planning to switch out their 36,000 Windows Phones for iPhones by year's end.

The phones once were considered a key growth area for Microsoft. What are the lessons from this? But come July of 2017, when Microsoft announced that Windows Phone was dead, Tisch wasn't looking quite so smart. The word "disruption" gets thrown around a lot but what we are really seeing is rapid change.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has said it is to replace 36,000 Windows smartphones it handed out to officers over the last 24 months. She is now being scapegoated for the sheer waste of resources in her choice of device for police use, with tech observers remarking her unusual choice over the more obvious iOS-using Apple iPhones and the variety of Android smartphones available. It's not yet known which model iPhones will be chosen to replace the Lumia models.

While choosing a dying OS doesn't seems to make any sense, NYPD is said to chose the platform mainly because of its security features and the ability to be remotely managed.

Purely anecdotally, most NYPD officers I've seen using smartphones have used either iPhones or Android devices - but I've never had the wherewithal to approach a cop and ask if their phone is government-issued or not.

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Insiders are blaming Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch for being the sole leadership member for leading the acquisition process.

'I don't care if you're Jesus f- -king Christ - you get a panel of experts'.

By comparison, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 in September 2014 and has since updated its flagship product three times.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch is being blamed for the need to buy new phones prematurely because she oversaw the NYPD Mobility Initiative that opted for the Nokia Microsoft-based phones. After a turn at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites.

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