Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Adapts Its Windows Phone 8.1 to Meet Needs of Government Agencies Worldwide


Rick Engle, Principal Windows Technologist Specialist at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), wrote in a blog post on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s website about the new mobility tools the company created for government agencies worldwide.

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The mobility tools were developed thanks to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows team cooperation with its field personnel and customers in many verticals. The U.S. government agencies indicated many times their interest in mobile and productive workforce, but are concerned about the associated risks. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) takes these concerns very seriously, according to Engle. Its Windows team collaboration with its field personnel and customers was designed to address the concerns.

The collaboration firstly produced a strong list of requirements. The list then formed the core set of new enterprise capabilities for Windows 8.1. As a final result, a security-enhanced OS and an architecture are developed, which help prevent malware attacks and additionally prevent rooting and jail breaking.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) says the features are delivering safe and reliable mobility to employees. The blog named five examples on how Windows Phone 8.1 brings enterprise-grade security to public sector workers. Those include S/MIME for Encrypted and Secure enhanced e-mail, which includes the ability to encrypt and sign secure e-mail. Employees can sign in and encrypt email messages directly from the Mail client on their phone.

At the same time, enterprise virtual private network (VPN) makes it easier for employees to connect Windows 8.1 phones to internal networks, while Mobile device management allows IT organisations to manage devices with their management system of choice. PKI and Certificate Management helps store and help certificates, while rich MDM Control Policies carefully protects agencies’ networks and sensitive information. Those can lock down applications to control the applications that are used and provide full control of phone’s hardware, such as camera, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.

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