Windows 10 on Mobile: 10 Things IT Admins Need to Know

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As enterprise mobility continues to rise in importance, so too do security challenges. Windows 10 comes armed with enterprise data protection (EDP). With this OS, devices automatically identify and encrypt data from business applications. The devices also know which data comes from personal applications, and they leave that data alone. Business and personal data are kept separate. The Windows 10 EMM also comes with controls for data loss prevention. This is going to be a very interesting shift for companies that play in the MDM or EFSS space. In some ways this new ecosystem of security may challenge the need for third-party security on mobile devices. Companies like AirWatch, Good, Mobile Iron and MaaS360 are certainly watching this next Microsoft move closely. 

Windows Phone market share is hovering at a lowly 3 percent, but hopes for Windows 10 on mobile are high. According to CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft's "big mistake" was to focus on the PC as the perpetual hub for everything. As a result, the company was slow to recognize the importance of mobile devices, and this opened up the fast-track to obsolescence.

Now, Microsoft has learned from its mistakes. It is funneling significant resources into creating a robust and user-friendly mobile platform. However, Nadella said that focusing entirely on mobile would mean making the same mistake Microsoft made before. Microsoft is still a major player on PCs and hopes that Windows 10 on desktop will hit one billion computers. With the latest version of Windows, the focus is on interoperability and unification. This strategy recognizes that the future may not be so much about one dominant computing platform as it is about constant switching back-and-forth between multiple devices. In the land of VoIP, this would have been called "call continuity." In this new evolving realm, it will be more like "endpoint continuity" across devices.

Windows 10 comes with a number of benefits that will enable enterprises to seamlessly manage smartphones, tablets, PCs and other devices. Jim Kanir, CRO of Vox Mobile, has identified 10 things IT admins need to know about Windows 10 for mobile.


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