The company will extend the support lifecycle from 18 months to 36 months
Microsoft has announced that it will extend the length of its support lifecycle for Windows Phone from 18 months to 36 months to facilitate businesses to choose the platform.
The company will launch sequence of updates for the operating system (OS) including security updates during the extended period starting with the Windows Phone 8, while the updates are said to differ based on the user’s country, region, and device hardware capabilities.
Windows Phone partner and channel marketing vice president Tony Mestres wrote in a blog post, "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."
Additionally, the company will release an enterprise feature pack as an update to Windows Phone 8 during the first half of 2014 that will offer better control of the OS to IT departments along with better productivity experience for the employees.
The enterprise feature pack will come with S/MIME to sign and encrypt email, access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware and auto-triggered VPN and enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS.