Microsoft is really starting to gain serious traction with Windows Mobile in the enterprise arena and their latest announcement made today at CTIA shows how dedicated they really are. Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 server. With this new server system IT professionals will be able to increase their management capabilities and improve their security functionality with Windows Mobile devices. The Mobile Device Manager will also enable OTA application deployments so companies can standardize their devices and roll out applications quickly and easily.
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 is scheduled to be available in the first half of 2008. Some of the listed functionality of the system is:
- Helps protect sensitive information if the device is lost or stolen
- Performs instant remote device wipe to help reduce security risks
- Provides security enhanced behind-the-firewall access to mobile users
- Helps lower maintenance and troubleshooting costs and management complexity
- Provides greater scalability with support for thousands of users on a server
- Gives IT professionals a robust development platform, improved reliability, and better application access and control for Windows Mobile devices
This type of functionality and support that make the IT professional's jobs a bit easier should help increase the number of Windows Mobile deployments. The press release includes information that AT&T and Sprint will be supporting their business customers with this new server product.