As Microsoft move closer towards the launch of Windows Phone 8 the details of what is in and what is out are slowing becoming clearer. Last month Skype was out (integrated into the OS). This month it looks like it is going to be in. Last month Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities looked a bit thin on this month it looks better. Our MDM vendors (AirWatch and MobileIron) are busy working in the backgrond to ensure they are ready when the time does come. AirWatch recently released their Phone 7 app which provides
- Download and install AirWatch Agent from Windows Phone Marketplace
- Enforce a complex passcode with history, expiration and inactivity time lock
- Capture detailed device information, including UDID, model, GPS location and roaming status
- View current carrier network, status and settings
- Integrate with Exchange ActiveSync for security policies and commands
- Send customizable messages to end user
- Perform a full device wipe
The big one that is missing... provision email over the air (OTA)
Per the announcements this week it looks (unconfirmed) that Phone 8 will address this shortcoming and it will be game on for Windows Phone in the enterprise.
In Windows Phone 8, we’re also moving into the workplace in a big way, introducing a number of features and capabilities that companies and their IT departments demand. This is just one more benefit of sharing a common core with Windows 8. Some of the new business-friendly features include:
- Device encryption: To help keep everything from documents to passwords safe, Windows Phone 8 includes built-in technology to encrypt the entire device, including the operating system and data files.
- Better security: Windows Phone 8 supports the United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot protocol and features improved app “sandboxing,” so the phone is better protected from malware with multiple layers of security.
- Remote management: With Windows Phone 8, IT departments can manage apps and phones remotely, with tools similar to ones they now employ for Windows PCs.
- Company Hub and apps: Companies can create their own Windows Phone 8 Hub for custom employee apps and other critical business info.