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Microsoft aims Windows Phone at enterprises with longer support, 'Blue'-style upgrade

Gregg Keizer | July 11, 2013
Kicks BlackBerry when the Canadian company's down, says one analyst.

Miller saw the feature pack as the Windows Phone side of Windows 8.1, aka "Blue," the free upgrade scheduled to reach Windows 8 PC and tablet owners this fall.

"It echoes a lot of the features in Windows 8.1," said Miller of the pack. "In Windows 8.1, so many of the new features are about enterprise enablement, and the reality is that Microsoft is trying to get to parity between the platforms."

Whether it gives Windows Phone a better shot at gaining ground on Android and iOS is another matter. According to the latest statistics from metrics company comScore, Microsoft's mobile OS powered 3% of the U.S. smartphones during the three-month period, March through May.

"This only gives them a better chance at replacing BlackBerry and others in the enterprise," Miller said. "This lifts the platform to where we would have expected it the first time around."


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