Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1 mean business for the enterprise

The Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, both announced Wednesday at Build, deliver important capabilities designed for the enterprise.

Windows 8.1 Update, available today on MSDN and TechNet, via Windows Update on April 8, and for Volume Licensing customers later this month, includes better Internet Explorer compatibility, user interface improvements and deeper control over your organization’s policy settings with extended Mobile Device Management.

The update also enables Microsoft’s hardware partners to deliver low-cost machines that require only 1 GB of RAM and 16GB HDD. Hardware partners will be able to access free Windows Phone licenses and free Windows licenses for devices smaller than 9 inches to further drive innovation and reduce prices.

Windows Phone 8.1 includes a built-in Mobile Device Management client that allows IT organizations to manage devices within their management system of choice, such as Windows Intune, MobileIron and AirWatch.

Through enrollment in a Mobile Device Management system, the IT administrator can fully manage Windows Phone devices, including deployment of a large set of configuration policies, email or Office 365 accounts, certificates for user authentication, VPN and Wi-Fi profiles, and applications.

Windows Phone 8.1 also takes a major step toward converging the development platforms for Windows and Windows Phone. More than 90 percent of the APIs are now shared between Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1. Developing apps for Windows devices no longer means managing separate development projects for tablets or PCs and phones, dramatically decreasing developer investment.

To learn more, head over to the Windows for your Business blog or read the press release.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff