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Detailed Windows Phone 8 Business Features

June 26, 2012 4 Comments

Windows Phone will definitely be turning heads not only for consumers but businesses as well when Windows Phone 8 launches later this year. Microsoft has put in work as far as making the platform more office friendly. Paul Thurrot of windowsitpro has detailed a few points of interests as far as Windows Phone 8 and businesses.

  • Micro-SD expansion. Windows Phone 8 will formally support removable micro-SD storage expansion. And because Windows Phone 8 is Windows 8, those cards will be formatted with NTFS and can be moved between devices and PCs for information transfer. Users and business will be able to install apps to the memory card instead of to internal storage, as well.
  • Device encryption. Like Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 features always-on device encryption that’s hardware accelerated, based on BitLocker (but lacks some BitLocker management interfaces), and works with both internal storage and removable micro-SD-based storage.
  • Secure Boot. Like Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 will use UEFI firmware and will support the UEFI Secure Boot feature, which protects the device against root-kit-type malware before the OS loads at boot time.
  • Office 2013 Mobile. Windows Phone 8 will ship with a new suite of Office 2013 mobile apps.
  • Device management. As you probably know, full-blown Windows PCs can be managed in a very fine-grained manner using Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP). And mobile devices can be managed in rudimentary ways using Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). In addition to providing full EAS compatibility, Windows Phone 8, like Windows RT, will support a new management scheme that sits somewhere in the middle of AD/GP and EAS, functionally. No word yet on the exact capabilities, yet, however, or even the name of this management infrastructure.
  • Side-loading of apps. Enterprises will finally be able to deploy their own internal apps to devices without having to go through Microsoft’s online store, which is being renamed to Windows Store to match Windows 8. (It’s expected that Windows Intune, which can currently side-load apps to iOS and Android devices, will pick up this capability for Windows Phone 8 as well.)
  • integrated experiences with Windows 8 PCs and Windows RT tablets and more.

Check out Paul’s article here on windowsitpro for a full rundown on things to look forward to on Windows Phone 8 for business use.

Thanks Heatblast for the tip!!


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