When Windows Phone 8 was first launched, the majority of its platform innovations were focused on delivering a robust end-user experience. Strong support for Microsoft productivity tools, such as Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, made Windows Phone an attractive option for business users. But not all enterprises were ready to fully embrace the new platform. While it included baseline security and management capabilities like remote wipe and device encryption, Windows Phone 8 did not meet the stringent policies some enterprises required for protecting corporate data and resources.
The release of Windows Phone 8.1 changes the game. Microsoft is delivering a rich new feature-set for business users, and providing IT departments with the compliance and security they require. These new security and management features, called the Enterprise Feature Pack, are included as a core component of Windows Phone 8.1. When combined with an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform, these capabilities make it much easier for enterprises to adopt the Windows Phone platform.
As a committed Microsoft partner for mobile device management (MDM), MobileIron provides a purpose-built mobile IT platform that helps enterprises take advantage of Windows Phone 8.1 to achieve their Mobile First ambitions. This document is designed to help IT organizations better understand how MobileIron enables a more manageable and secure experience for Windows Phone users.