Microsoft has recently released a whitepaper on the security features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release. Windows Phone 8.1 delivers important enterprise-grade capabilities such as Mobile Device Management, Windows App Platform Convergence, S/MIME for Secure Encrypted Email, Security, Assigned Access, Enhanced App Management, Certificate Management, Enterprise VPN and Wi-Fi and more.
From highly secure identity features, such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with virtual smart cards and PINs to its defense-in-depth, multilayered approach that addresses organizational security requirements in numerous ways, Windows Phone 8.1 is designed with security in mind. Explore these features in more detail and learn why, because Windows Phone 8.1 shares many of the same underlying components, including those related to security, as Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems, it offers predictability, reliability, and commonality in how Windows Phone 8.1 devices can be used and managed in an enterprise environment.
Download it here from Microsoft.
While everyone of us are eagerly waiting for Windows Phone 8.1 update, Joe Belfiore today confirmed the timing of the release. Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview is not coming this week and he has provided us hint that it is coming early next week.
Most probably, we will get Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on April 14th or April 15th. Are you ready to update your WP8 device?
Windows Phone is always known for performance and it comes as a result of strict memory requirements for apps. Developers have to plan in advance on how to utilize the resources allocated for their apps. In Windows Phone 8, developers had a 150mb memory limit even on a 2GB RAM device for their background tasks. But with WP8.1, Microsoft has increased it to over 300mb. Also, a foreground App can use up to 825mb of memory on a 2GB RAM. Check the above and below images for comparison.
Anyone can build a simple app, but a complex app requires more thought. Building a serious app on a device with significant memory and CPU constraints can pose some interesting technical challenges. You also have choices about the breadth of markets you want to address with your app. In this session, we’ll look at your choices, and how you can work within the resource constraints to build compelling, resilient apps. We’ll also deep-dive into the platform Resource Manager, examine what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, and explain the rationale behind the resource management policies.
Watch the session after the break.
Arsenio Hall is an American actor, comedian best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show which was recently revived from September last year. Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for the first time last week and it created lots of positive press for Microsoft. In this show, Arsenio was shown using Cortana and Siri for completing a task and things get out of control when Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri started a conversation between themselves. This is just for fun, so watch the video above and enjoy it.
Cortana has been getting a lot of attention for being a hipper, more “with it” digital assistant, but Siri isn’t taking that lightly. Arsenio was talking with both of them on the show when things got a little out of control.
Are you looking forward to try out Cortana on WP8.1?
Nokia today announced a new feature phone called Nokia 225 and Nokia claims it is the slimmest affordable Internet phone yet. This device comes with 2.8” display with a dust and splash proof keymat. The battery life is just incredible with standby times of up to 36 days for single SIM and 27 days for Dual SIM variant.
The device features 2MP camera, Bluetooth for filesharing, FM Radio, Music player with playback time of up to 51 hours. It also comes with five pre-loaded games; Block Breaker 3, Asphalt 6, Assassins Creed 3, The Avengers and Real Football 2012.
It will be available in five bold colours – red, yellow, green, black and white and will cost $55 USD. It will be available in select markets in Q2 2014. If you are looking for a spare/backup mobile, look no further.
Find full specs after the break.
Earlier today, we reported that Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Nokia’s sale of Devices and Services division to Microsoft. Nokia specifically mentioned that Chinese Ministry of Commerce didn’t approve the deal on any specific conditions. On the other side, Microsoft today revealed that they have made set of commitments the Chinese Ministry of Commerce regarding patents. During the investigation to approve this deal, MOFCOM concluded that Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families that are necessary to build an Android smartphone. Basically, Microsoft has committed that they will license all standard essential patents to others on FRAND terms.
MOFCOM’s approval is based on a set of commitments which we’ve discussed with MOFCOM during the past few months. There was an important principle with which MOFCOM approached these discussions from the beginning: any commitments should be focused on how our future conduct might change after we own the Nokia Devices and Services business, and should not impact our licenses signed in the past or historical practices. It has never been our intent to change our practices after we acquire the Nokia business, so while we disagreed with the premise that our incentives might change in the future, we were happy to discuss commitments on this basis.
You can read the English version of the commitments is here.
Nokia today announced that Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved their Devices and Services division sale to Microsoft. More importantly, there were no conditions on patent licensing to Nokia which they highlighted in the below press release.
Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that the planned transaction whereby Nokia plans to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft has today received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
As previously communicated, the closing of the transaction, which was announced on September 3, 2013, is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Nokia and Microsoft have now received regulatory approvals from the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous other jurisdictions. Nokia and Microsoft continue to expect the transaction to close during April 2014, as communicated in our press release from March 24, 2014.
The regulatory approval process has involved a thorough review of Nokia’s patent licensing practices by several competition authorities around the world. During that process, no authority has challenged Nokia’s compliance with its FRAND undertakings related to standard-essential patents (licensing on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms.
During keynote at Build developer conference, Joe Belfiore was wearing a cool tee with Cortana branding. If you were interested in owning similar tee, here is your chance. Microsoft’s official merchandise store is now selling two variants of this tee. One with regular Cortana branding on the front and the other one with trending hashtag in addition to Cortana branding.
Dri-Balance Tee 70% Combed Cotton/30% Microfiber 5.6 oz/190 GSM Dri-Balance# Lifestyle Moisture Transport Technology Classic Short Sleeve Tee Seamless Body Fit Shoulder Seams Are Covered Stitched Flat for Comfort Shoulder-to-Shoulder Taping Single-Stitch Finish On Collars
You can order it here and here. Find the product image after the break.
Thanks to Karthick for the heads up.
Nokia today updated their HERE Maps for WP8 devices to v3.5.487.8 in Windows Phone Store. This HERE Maps update only includes bug fixes and stability improvements. However, the upcoming HERE Maps update for WP8.1 devices will include the following,
- In select countries you can see buildings in 3D, in addition to realistic 3D landmarks that help you orientate yourself in a city. We also have updated aerial images so that you can zoom in even more and see more details
- In HERE Maps you can now use two fingers gestures to rotate the map in the direction you prefer and tilt it to activate the 3D mode.
Update the current HERE Maps here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Windows Phone allows you to pin your favorite websites as a Live Tile in the Start screen. It will just use the screenshot of the webpage for the Live Tile and it remains static forever. With Windows Phone 8.1, websites can offer dynamic Live Tiles for Windows Phone users. Internet Explorer 11 allows you to enjoy this feature and it is already available on Windows 8.1 platform. If you’re a developer/web admin and want to know how to make this available for your website visit www.buildmypinnedsite.com to see how to do it. You can watch the demo of this feature at 31:39 of the above video.
If you use Windows 8.1 and IE11 as your default browser you can see a live demo of Dynamic Live Tiles by pinning WMPoweruser.com, as we implemented this feature some time ago.
It also talks about other Live Tile Enhancements in WP8.1 platform. For example, Windows and Windows Phone have a converged Live Tiles platform and development model. So, developers can design and develop Live Tiles once and use it on both Windows and Windows Phone platforms. There are also new Live Tile templates and other improvements. Watch the video from start to know about it all.
Source: Channel 9 via: Mobility Digest
While Microsoft already has a Windows Embedded in-car computer system used in systems like Ford Sync, Microsoft is working on a new system which will project your windows phone onto your car’s dashboard using the new Mirrorlink standard supported by Nokia and Sony, and soon many others OEMs.
The system features a finger-friendly interface and a special selection of apps from the Windows Phone Store.
The system is at present a concept,but one which Microsoft is actively testing, and which will hopefully mean Windows Phone will not be left behind when Mirrorlink capable displays become common in cars in the near future.
See the video demo after the break.
A bit of news which seemed to have missed the reporting cycle is that Microsoft announced two new OEMs at BUILD 2 days ago.
One is Micromax, which was one of the first new Indian OEMs rumoured to be joining the platform.
The other, lesser known brand is ASBIS’s Prestigio, who already distributes smartphones in 54 countries.
The addition of the two brings the list of Windows Phone OEMs up to 15, including:
- Lava (Xolo)
At Mobile World Congress Microsoft said their list of OEMs produced 56% of the world’s smartphones – the addition of 2 more should add another percent or two to the list, and should bring us back to those Windows Mobile days when a new handset was being announced every week.
There has been quite a bit of confusion around the readiness of Windows Phone 8.1 for its eventual release, with some saying it RTM’ed on March 26th and others saying it will only be ready on April 8th or 10th.
It turns out everyone was right, according to a letter shown to Neowin.net.
According to the letter the software did indeed RTM on the 26th March, but Microsoft’s developers were still working on the ‘Final Adaptation Kit build’, intended to address “a small set of issues to improve the commercialization aspects of the product.”
The work is expected to be finished on April 8th and will then reach OEMs on April 14th, to be flashed to devices for release at the end of April or Early May, and of course to be sent out to “developers” for preview, supposedly before the end of of month.
The information makes it clear that Microsoft has been cutting it pretty close, and we hope no major featured had to be left on the cutting floor to meet their deadline.