Next Windows Phone update to include VPN support, various fixes

By on November 27, 2012, 9:31 AM

With the launch of Windows Phone 8 almost exactly a month ago, Microsoft is already looking forward to an interim update for the platform. Codenamed Apollo Plus, the update is said to include wireless and audio improvements, as well as VPN support -- a feature that has been missing since the initial Windows Phone release but was part of previous versions of Windows’ mobile operating system.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley notes that Microsoft had previously decided against including the latter and instead rely on things like Secure SSL, claiming it’s "a better, light-weight approach" for providing a secure environment to business users. But apparently that was a deal-breaker for many organizations in adopting Windows Phone.

VPN support also proves useful for circumventing government-imposed web browsing restrictions in some countries, and to access online services that are blocked in some regions due to copyright licensing issues.

Reports also mention the possibility of a Notification Center for Windows 8, a feature that Microsoft has admitted it didn't have time to finish in time for release. If all goes according to plan, Microsoft is expected to detail the update during Mobile World Congress in February, with a release shortly thereafter during the first quarter of 2013. This will be the first update to use Microsoft’s new over-the-air infrastructure.




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treeski treeski said:

VPN support will be pretty sweet. The notification center COULD be huge if they implement it smartly.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

I'm really looking forward to this! I just wish they'd fix their issues with connecting to an Exchange email account. For crying out loud, Microsoft products should be able to work with each other!

R3DP3NGUIN R3DP3NGUIN said:

Thankgod for VPN Support. no VPN support was almost a deal breaker for me. Now im sold on WP8

R3DP3NGUIN R3DP3NGUIN said:

I'm really looking forward to this! I just wish they'd fix their issues with connecting to an Exchange email account. For crying out loud, Microsoft products should be able to work with each other!

I also had problems with WP7.5 in regards to exchange, the only way to get the phone to talk to my exchange server was to manually import SSL certificates onto the phone..

Guest said:

These are the first posts I have seen about Exchange issues.

Looking at moving to WP8 from Droid and not finding an incredible amount of info on VPN, Exchange or RDP for WP8

Would you guys/gals with the WP8 phones suggest one to wait for Exchange and VPN before moving?

THANKS!

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