Windows Phone 8.1 now finally supports WPA2 EAP-TLS

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Microsoft promised it in the WP8 Enterprise pack and we can now confirm that it is working – Windows Phone  now finally supports EAP-TLS.

Extensible Authentication Protocol, or EAP, is an authentication framework frequently used in wireless networks. EAP-TLS is considered one of the most secure EAP standards available, and without it many Windows Phone users were unable to connect to their company’s networks.

Reader A2J reports that in his testing Windows Phone 8.1 does indeed now support the standard, allowing him to log into his company’s network with a certificate and that ActiveSync now also works over EAP-TLS.

With S/MIME, VPN, and new certificate management tools, Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS forms part of Microsoft’s promised Enterprise Pack which they hope will help Windows Phone grab an increasing part of profitable business market which is still dominated by iOS and Blackberry.

Thanks A2J for the tip.

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