Microsoft Adds Business-Friendly Features to Windows Phone
Microsoft today announced several changes headed to Windows Phone that it hopes will make its enterprise customers happier. First, Microsoft is extending the amount of time it will support WP8 devices from 18 months to 36 months. That means Microsoft will provide security and other incremental updates to each WP8 device for a period of three years. In addition to the extended support, Microsoft will soon distribute a feature pack that adds business-specific features. Some of these include S/MIME to sign and encrypt email; automatic access to corporate VPNs with app aware; and support for EAP-TLS security in enterprise-class Wi-Fi networks. The enterprise feature pack will also add new mobile device management tools that businesses can use to control more granular aspects of employee devices (such as approving/disapproving app select installs.) Microsoft said that feature pack will be delivered soon.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.
Microsoft Adds Business Intelligence to Cortana's Bag of Tricks
Microsoft has given its business customers a new tool by integrating its Power BI product into Cortana. Power BI provides access to company-specific data, such as financial filings and performance reports.
Microsoft Brings Adds-Ins to Outlook for Android
Microsoft today updated its Outlook email application for Android devices and gave the app the ability to support add-ins. Microsoft says add-ins let Outlook users do more with their email thanks to powers enabled by third-party applications.