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.
This afternoon at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid, I’ll be finishing the day with my session, “All Aboard for the Future of HTML5 Mobile and Hybrid Web Apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Tablets” at 17:00 in room N102.
I hope to see you there!
Today at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid, I’ll be kicking off the Windows Phone track with my session, “The Phone That Has Everything the Enterprise Needs: Windows Phone 8″ at 13:30 in room N112.
Session abstract: Your requirements for an Enterprise phone must meet the demands of your organization with mobile device management, security, encryption and private software distribution without sacrificing the excitement and fun of an awesome consumer phone. Microsoft’s newest phone has the power of Windows 8 with killer hardware and features like up-to-the minute Live Tiles, offline Nokia maps, great apps like Microsoft Office, Xbox, Skype, Pandora and ESPN, NFC, integrated VoIP and the fastest mobile browser. Windows Phone 8 is unrivaled in the smartphone space. Join us to see how Windows Phone 8 combines everything you love about a personal phone and everything you need in the Enterprise.
I hope to see you there!