Story image

Microsoft extends Windows Phone support

12 Jul 13

Microsoft has issued a Windows Phone U-turn, revealing the support lifecycle will be extended from 18 months to 36 months.

After previously announcing support for the smartphone would end by July 2014, the software giant has had a change of heart, although not quite as major as its Xbox One backtrack.

"Microsoft is investing in Windows Phone enterprise capabilities to make it an even better choice for businesses of all sizes," said Robert Hoover, project manager, Windows Phone.

"Beginning with Windows Phone 8 we’ll make updates, including security updates, available for 36 months.

"These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it.

"The mobile operator or phone manufacturer may control the distribution of these incremental updates and update availability may also vary by country, region, and device hardware capabilities."

In addition to the longer support lifecycle, Hoover said Microsoft will also be releasing an enterprise feature pack as an update to Windows Phone 8.

Hoover claims the feature pack will provide IT departments with more control over Windows Phones and give their employees a fuller productivity experience.

"We plan to provide the feature pack as an update in the first half of 2014," he said.

"By lengthening the Windows Phone support lifecycle policy and announcing of the enterprise feature pack, we show Microsoft’s commitment to the Windows Phone platform.

"This gives business customers the confidence to invest in Windows Phone today, with the knowledge that their investments are secure, and the platform is evolving to be an even better choice for business."

Was extending Windows Phone support an obvious move by Microsoft? Tell us your thoughts below

Kiwis make waves in IoT World Cup
A New Zealand company, KotahiNet, has been named as a finalist in the IoT World Cup for its River Pollution Monitoring solution.
Can it be trusted? Huawei’s founder speaks out
Ren Zhengfei spoke candidly in a recent media roundtable about security, 5G, his daughter’s detainment, the USA, and the West’s perception of Huawei.
Oracle Java Card update boosts security for IoT devices
"Java Card 3.1 is very significant to the Internet of Things, bringing interoperability, security and flexibility to a fast-growing market currently lacking high-security and flexible edge security solutions."
How SMBs can use data to drive business outcomes
With the right technology, companies can capture consumer, sales, and expense data, and use it to evaluate and construct future plans.
Survey shows that IoT is RoI across Asia Pacific
A recent Frost & Sullivan survey across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore shows that IoT deployment improves business metrics by around 12%.
Sophos hires ex-McAfee SVP Gavin Struther
After 16 years as the APAC senior vice president and president for McAfee, Struthers is now heading the APJ arm of Sophos.
Security platform provider Deep Instinct expands local presence
The company has made two A/NZ specific leadership hires and formed several partnerships with organisations in the region.
Half of companies unable to detect IoT device breaches
A Gemalto study also shows that the of blockchain technology to help secure IoT data, services and devices has doubled in a year.