Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update

The update brings a lot of new security options to enterprise users and will be here soon, Microsoft said

Microsoft will soon offer an update to its Windows Phone operating system that will bring a number of new features targeted at enterprise users.

The update will be offered "later this spring" and will add new security options, including signed and encrypted S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) and automatic triggering of the virtual private network client when an enterprise resource is accessed, said Joe Belfiore, Microsoft corporate vice president at a Mobile World Congress news conference.

There will also be added support for enterprise Wi-Fi systems using EAP-TLS (Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security) encryption, enhanced MDM (mobile device management) policies and certificate management to enroll, update and revoke credentials for authentication, he said.

Microsoft first started talking about some of these enhancements in the middle of 2013, so they've been a long time coming.

What's not yet known is when they'll be available to end users.

Belfiore was keen to point out that "all Windows Phone 8 devices will be technically available" for the update, but such operating system updates are typically deployed by carriers so don't necessarily reach all users at the same time.

They'll come as Windows Phone is seeing some success in Europe and developing markets.

The operating system has a share of at least 10 percent in Europe, according to one estimate, and Nokia's 520 handset was the number-three best-selling phone in the U.K. in December, ahead of all Android phones, said Belfiore.

On a global basis, the platform has already overtaken BlackBerry to become the number-three player, although with an estimated 3.2 percent of the global market in 2013, it ranks well behind the number-two platform, iOS, at 15.6 percent, according to Gartner figures.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags MWCMicrosoftMobile OSesmobileWindows Phone

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?