Speaking at the Mobile World Congress news conference, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s mobile OS Joe Belfiore said the update could be expected “later this spring,” although some of the updates were first mentioned mid-2013.
The new security updates are said to include Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) and automatic triggering of the virtual private network client when an enterprise resource is accessed.
Besides this, Belfiore claimed there will be added support for wi-fi systems using Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS) encryption, enhanced mobile device management policies and certificate management to enrol, update and revoke credentials for authentication.
However, Microsoft hasn’t been too clear on who will be able to receive the update; it says OS updates are deployed by carriers and don’t reach all users at the same time, stating technically all Windows Phone 8 devices are eligible.
At the Mobile World Congress, Belfiore also celebrated what he called “impressive milestones” for the OS, such as analysts IDC recognising it as the fastest growing mobile system, a 10% market share across Europe, and a claimed high customer satisfaction rating.
Currently, figures from research company Gartner put the Windows mobile platform at the third most popular across the globe. Despite this, Windows only enjoyed a 3.2% market share last year compared to 15.6% 78.4% for iOS and Android respectively.