"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 percent 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."
This article, Microsoft aims Windows Phone at enterprises with longer support, 'Blue'-style upgrade, was originally published at Computerworld.com.
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