AirWatch announces support for Windows Phone 8.1 devices


AirWatch, the popular enterprise mobility management software today announced support for Windows Phone. The company reveals that with the addition of new enterprise features on Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Denim, they’re finally able to support Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It isn’t yet confirmed if the support is only for Lumia devices, however. AirWatch has announced that the company will be adding support for these following features:

  • Fully Managed VPN prevents users from creating or changing VPN profiles or toggling VPN off.
  • Always-on VPN ensures VPN is always connected when there is a network connection.
  • VPN Idle Timeout to Disconnect will disconnect the VPN if the application is idle with no connectivity request.
  • Data Protection Under Lock for Email and Attachments: For organizations looking to protect themselves from enterprise data loss when a PIN-locked device is lost or stolen, an additional policy can be applied that will help protect access to enterprise email and attachments. The protected data will be encrypted, using a separate enterprise key, at all times, providing an added layer of encryption to the existing device encryption policy that applies globally to all data on the device.
  • Anti-theft Restriction allows enterprises to disable or enable the anti-theft mode of Windows Phone devices by overwriting the policy, regardless of whether the user has the feature turned on. This feature prevents enterprise devices from being locked by an individual user.
  • Task Switcher Restriction allows IT managers who are concerned about data loss to prevent use of the task switcher.
  • WLAN Scan Frequency allows an enterprise to control the WLAN scanning behavior and how aggressively devices should be actively scanning for Wi-Fi networks to which they can connect.
  • Cellular App Download Limit blocks cellular application download if the application file size exceeds the specified file limit and prevents excessive cellular data cost for large applications downloads when a Wi-Fi connection is not available.

AirWatch mentions that these features will be available later this month. If you’re an AirWatch user, are you excited about these new features? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below.