Windows Phone 8 is now FIPS 140-2 Certified

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With FIPS 140-2 certification, Windows Phone 8 now meets the security requirements of the United States and Canadian governments meaning it’s secure enough to be used by federal agencies and the military.

This also means Windows Phone 8 is more than secure enough to be trusted by companies and individuals all over the world.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) validate cryptographic modules to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) via the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP).  FIPS 140-2 is a mandatory standard for all Federal agencies that use cryptographic-based security systems to protect sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems.

Keep in mind that Windows Phone 8 isn’t the only winner here.  Windows 8, Window RT, Windows Server 2012, Surface RT, and Surface Pro also had their cryptographic modules validated to FIPS 140-2.  Validated modules are listed below:

The Windows 8 family of operating systems are the easiest to use…and now they’re the most secure.

Rob

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Delta Flight Attendants are now using Windows Phones

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Starting today, more than 19,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants will be using new Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia to facilitate on-board purchasing to improve their customer experience.

I was thrilled to be a part of this effort from the Microsoft side while working jointly with AT&T and Avanade to help Delta flight attendants improve their in-cabin experience.  Delta will begin using the Nokia Lumia 820 that will work over in-cabin Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 4G LTE data network.

 

The app that brings everything to life is a Point of Sale (POS) solution from Avanade that leverages the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail mobile point-of sale platform.  This new solution allows flight attendants to offer:

  • Near real-time credit card processing for on-board purchases as well as upgrades to Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating. On-board Economy Comfort upgrades will begin on transcontinental and international flights before being offered on flights across Delta’s system.
  • Convenient eReceipts that can be emailed to customers.
  • Customers’ use of pre-paid credit cards for on-board purchases.
  • Quicker transaction processing times.
  • In the near future, the ability to read coupons displayed on a customer’s mobile device.
  • More efficient service recovery.

I use the Fly Delta app on my Windows Phone all the time and I’m looking forward to seeing our mobile operating system hard at work delighting passengers that next time I’m on a Delta flight.

– Rob

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Bumbershoot 2013 App for Windows Phone

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I’m pleased to announce that my Bumbershoot 2013 app is available for download from the Windows Phone store to run on Windows Phone 8!

 

Bumbershoot is North America’s largest urban arts festival that consistently draws artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle every Labor Day weekend.  This app allows you to purchase tickets and view festival information and artist schedules.

You can download the app at: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/bumbershoot-2013/b27bfd5e-177d-43a6-ab19-3a77e2a03d54

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See you in Seattle Center at the festival this Labor Day weekend!

– Rob

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Windows Phone 8 and the Enterprise Feature Pack

I’m pleased to announce that we are enhancing the business capabilities of Windows Phone 8 with the Enterprise Feature Pack.

Building on technologies like Secure UEFI Boot, BitLocker, and TPM, an update to Windows Phone 8 will arrive in the first half of calendar year 2014 that increases IT control while boosting employee productivity.  The Enterprise Feature Pack includes:

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections that are automatically triggered by the apps that need them.  This means you won’t have to manually create a VPN tunnel in advance of running an app that needs to connect to your corporate network.
  • Certificate management to enroll, update, and revoke certificates for user authentication.
  • Enhanced mobile device management (MDM) policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control.  Additionally, richer mobile application management (MAM) including allowing or blocking the installation of certain apps.
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS that uses a client-side certificate.
  • Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) to sign and encrypt email.

We’re also boosting our commitment to corporate customers by increasing the length of our support lifecycle from 18 months to 36 months.  This means that starting with Windows Phone 8, we’ll make feature, functionality, and security updates available for 36 months.

With Windows Phone 8, your investment in our mobile platform is secure.

– Rob

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Proximity Sensors and Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I cover local communication with Windows Phone 8.

After a Bluetooth overview, we show you how to use Bluetooth from an application, Near Field Communications (NFC), bump-to-connect, as well as the proximity API functionality.

Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

Network Communications in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I show developers how to leverage patterns for the asynchronous use of networking APIs in Windows Phone 8.

Topics include WebClient, HttpWebRequest, Listener Sockets, Web Services, OData V3, Data Compression support, Simulation Dashboard, Data Sense and apps. Storing data in Skydrive, encryption and authentication are also covered. Accessing services running on localhost from the emulator is demystified.

Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

App to App Communication in Windows Phone 8

Learn all about app to app communication in Windows Phone 8.

In this video, Andy and Rob demonstrate app to app communication in Windows Phone 8. Topics such as auto-launching with File and Protocol Associations (URI), launching apps to handle particular File Types, and launching one app from another are covered.

Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

Using Phone Resources in Windows Phone 8

In this video, Andy and I demonstrate how to leverage a variety of Windows Phone 8 resources.

Working with Launchers and Choosers, using Contacts and Calendars (SaveAppointment Task, Custom Contacts API), taking still images and manipulating video streams (Camera APIs,  lenses), working with the Windows Phone Microphone and Sensors (such as the Motion sensor) and working with Video Content are all covered in this video.

Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications

During this video, Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications and server-initiated communications are discussed.

Andy and Rob discuss the Push Notifications Infrastructure and demonstrate three kinds of notifications including: Raw, Toast and Tile, as well as Push Response Headers.

Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

Windows Phone 8 Tiles and Lock Screen Notifications

In this video, Andy and Rob teach developers about Live Tiles in Windows Phone 8.

Topics include Local Tiles API, Updating Tiles from ShellTileSchedule, Updating Tiles from Background Agents, Lock screen notifications for Windows Phone, and Lock screen background for Windows Phone.

Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob