Apple loses out to Android, Windows

A report from market research company IDC said that more than three quarters of Western government employees are abandoning Apple and Blackberry.

The European government sector was heavily dependent on Blackberry use in the past, but only 27 percent use the device to connect with their enterprises.

The winners are smartphones based using either the Android or the Microsoft Windows operating system, said IDC.

IDC also said that over 60 percent of government outfits are developing mobile applications, including financial apps.

Massimiliano Claps, a research director at IDC EMEA, said that government CIOs need to support investments in back office apps, workflow automation and analytics.