Windows Phone 8.1

For users of the Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T, the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system update is available for immediate download.

The smartphone built from the ground-up to address the security and management needs of every enterprise has arrived.  Some of you developers and early adopters running the developer preview may need to use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to downgrade back to Windows Phone 8 before you phone will recognize that the Lumia Cyan update is available.  Here at Microsoft, we’ve created the ultimate device to span your business and personal life.  Our super-efficient operating system runs great on inexpensive hardware so no one gets left out.  Highlights include:


She’s a personal digital assistant (Did I just say PDA?) powered by Bing that keeps track of your interests, makes appointments, answers questions,  provides helpful suggestions and reminds you of meetings.

Action Center

With a swipe of you finger, you get notifications, messages, alerts and configurable control of functions like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and brightness.

Start Screen

All devices get a third column of tiles with the option of making them translucent to reveal a background image.

Word Flow Keyboard

The world’s fastest keyboard (ask Guinness) delivers shape-writing out of the box, so get swiping.

Data Sense

This allows you to get the most out of your data plan by compressing images and text while warning you when you get close to the end of your plan.

Battery Saver

Extend your battery life up to 20%.

Internet Explorer 11

This hardware-accelerated, HTML5 web browser with JIT-compiled JavaScript supports unlimited tabs, InPrivate mode, inline video and reading mode.


Deep Skype integration allows you to upgrade incoming voice calls to video calls and Cortana is always happy to help you start a Skype call of any kind.


Select custom volume levels for the ringer, notifications, media, and apps while being able to quickly switch between silent or vibrate mode.

Device Encryption

BitLocker provides encryption for internal storage as well as the app partition of the SD card.

Enterprise Enrollment

Automatically configure devices for enrollment in Exchange, SharePoint, network profiles, certs and many other configurations all in a single step.


Cert-based auth for accounts, Wi-Fi, VPN, web browser, and line of business apps.

Enterprise Wi-Fi

You get enterprise auth with PEAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS so now you get to use certs for Wi-Fi authentication.

Virtual Private Networking

App-triggered VPN including IPSec (IKEv2), SSL-VPN, Intranet SSO, auto-reconnect and support for split or forced tunneling.


Exchange encrypted email messages.

App Allow/Deny

IT can now require apps to be pushed to devices for installation as well as blocking certain apps or even the entire Microsoft Store.


Enroll devices with enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions to enforce policies, provision profiles and distribute apps.

Windows Phone 8.1 not only fits the bill for BYOD scenarios but it has security and management capabilities needed to be a corporate-liable phone at your organization. I’m just scratching the surface here, so update your phone and find out for yourself.

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Windows Phone 8.1 is Here
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Rob Tiffany

Rob is a writer, teacher, speaker, world traveller and undersea explorer. He's also a thought leader in the areas of enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things.

One thought on “Windows Phone 8.1 is Here

  • July 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    You had me all excited when I read the title. Then you hit me with the 1st sentence, for users of the 1520… I know where you work! 🙂


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