Windows Phone 8 rumors sound good for business users


Rumors of Windows Phone 8 features have started seeping out, and if they prove accurate, they're good news for business users.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reviews two sets of reports outlining alleged features in the upcoming mobile operating system, codenamed "Apollo." According to both sources, it will include support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions, removable microSD card storage and NFC. It will have core Windows elements, new data tracking capabilities and an improved Skype application. What could make it notable for businesses is the rumored addition of native BitLocker encryption and Secure Boot.

Foley predicts that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will begin discussing Windows Phone 8 behind closed doors at the Mobile World Congress, which starts at the end of the month.

It looks like the new platform will address previous concerns and make it competitive with rival systems from Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Roger Cheng at CNET points out. The business-friendly features could be an effort to take some market share from RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM), he writes.

"Microsoft is still fighting an uphill battle in getting its phones--which have been critically praised--into the hands of consumers," he notes. The new version "will allow vendors more choice with how they build their phone, going back on Microsoft's previous insistence upon using a standard set of specifications. That allows the handset manufacturers to better compete and stand apart from each other with varying levels of specs."

Paul Thurrott at SuperSite for Windows writes that Windows Phone 8 will be tied to the desktop version of the operating system. "They'll be launched closely to each other, and will share integrated ecosystems, thanks to the shared underlying code, components, and user experiences," he writes. "Windows Phone 8 is part of the 'Windows Reimagined' campaign that Microsoft announced for Windows 8. This makes sense as they're companion products in every sense of the word."

Other business features include support for additional Exchange ActiveSync policies and System Center configuration settings and inventory capabilities, Thurrott writes. It will be possible for IT departments to distribute phone apps privately, much like they do with Windows 8 applications.

For more:
- see MaryJo Foley's post at ZDNet
- see Roger Cheng's post at CNET
- see Paul Thurrott's post at SuperSite for Windows

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