Microsoft has always offered a great deal of support for its desktop operating systems, which is why it came as such a surprise that the company previously announced its plans to cut Windows Phone 8 off from updates after 18 months.
However, Microsoft has now retracted that statement, and instead the company plans on doubling the duration of its mobile OS’ support life cycle. Now, Windows Phone 8 devices will be supported all the way through January 2016, but the accessibility of these updates will still hinge on specific carriers making them available to the public.
Microsoft hopes that this longer support cycle will make the platform more palatable to enterprise users. In line with that idea, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blog also released a post outlining a set of enterprise-focused features, including new options for corporate level email, WiFi, and application management.
The blog also highlights a number of features aimed at bolstering security, but those looking for full details about the enterprise feature pack can be found at Microsoft’s blog.
Sources: Windows Phone Blog