Conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Windows Phone is the most enterprise friendly mobile operating system, compared with the other market contenders, iOS and Android. After all, Microsoft Windows is nearly synonymous with business computing.
In this case, conventional wisdom was once very wrong. While Windows Mobile had many enterprise management features, Microsoft seemingly ignored the IT community with its rebooted Windows Phone 7, looking to target consumers instead, presumably in hopes of hitching a ride on bring-your-own-device trend to gain traction with business users.
Through subsequent updates, Microsoft has regularly added IT friendly features for proper mobile device management (MDM), or at least on par with what competitors like Android and iOS offer, however.
According to Brighthand sister site BrianMadden, Microsoft introduced an MDM framework with the major Windows Phone 8 update, and now with Windows Phone 8.1, it has expanded its offerings considerably.
BrianMadden.com has all the details, including the new features and advanced controls, as well as the use cases highlighted by Microsoft. Also explored are the missing features, which Microsoft may look to add with subsequent updates.
It seems with every OS update, IT managers are gifted with abilities to better manage mobile devices. What does that mean for users? What features might IT better control? Handset cameras? App downloads? Read on for the Windows Phone 8.1 scoop, and explore BrianMadden and SearchConsumerization to find out more about iOS and Android as well.