Companies choosing Windows Phone 8.1 will have the option of registering with Microsoft for an enterprise account that establishes a private app catalog for securely distributing apps under the control of the MDM system. Each app can be pushed to the device, updated or removed. Apps from the Windows Phone store can also be published through the catalog.
For developers, Microsoft has designed Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, also introduced at Build, so that the OSes share 90 percent of the application programming interfaces (APIs). This means applications can be created for both platforms more easily.
Windows Phone 8.1 will be available April 8 on new phones, Microsoft said. Current Windows Phone users will get the update at no charge in the next few months.
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