The Microsoft annual TechEd conference started on Monday and the Windows Mobile team gave a keynote speech on how Windows Mobile 7 will function as a business device. This is summarised by Paul Bryan on the Windows Phone Blog:
‘Windows Phone 7 is a new platform that we will continue to improve and evolve. We needed to restart in order to build the right foundation for the future. We are delivering a great business phone that improves productivity by taking a fresh approach to the most common Smartphone business usage scenarios such as email, calendar, contacts and collaboration.’
Ryan also details specific ways in which Windows Phone 7 targets business:
Specifically, Windows Phone 7:
- Is built from the ground up using industry best practices in secure software development (Secure Development Lifecycle).
- Deeply Integrates email, calendar and contacts with Exchange Server enabling rich, seamless email and calendar management to enhance productivity.
- Integrates with SharePoint through the SharePoint Workspace client, enabling enhanced collaboration through offline document access and syncing.
- Helps protect corporate information by securing the device through PINs and passwords. Information is further protected by not allowing access to data via PC tethering or support for removable SD cards. In addition, Windows Phone 7 supports IT managed EAS policies such as Require Password, Password Strength, Remote Wipe and Reset to Factory Settings with multiple failed unlock attempts.
- Helps ensure data reliability and integrity through application sandboxing and managed code. Windows Phone 7 ensures communications channels between applications cannot be opened and critical system resources cannot be accessed. Most malware threats are introduced through the browser. IE Mobile helps ensure that malicious code cannot be launched from web sites, thus reducing this threat.
- Provides certification and verification of applications and content through Windows Phone Marketplace, further enhancing security.
- Enables secure data transmission through 128 or 256 Bit SSL Encryption.
- Supports secure access to on-premise applications and network resources using Forefront Universal Access Gateway (UAG).
- Is future ready with cloud / services integration. Through the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Microsoft offers hosted Exchange and SharePoint services. Windows Phone 7 will support mobile access to BPOS from Outlook Mobile and the Office Hub.
- Click here to read the blog post and summary of the keynote in full