Samsung Focus S: Slick Windows Phone -- for consumers only

The sleek smartphone's Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' OS has real appeal, but it can't work in most businesses

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Security and management
As I said at the beginning, "Mango" lacks any meaningful security or management capabilities that a larger business would need. The handful of Exchange policies it can enforce include requiring a password to use the device, requiring a complex password, expiring passwords after a period of time, preventing password reuse, and allowing a device to be remotely wiped if it's lost or stolen. There's no VPN support and no on-device encryption -- two typical enterprise needs.

Like iOS but unlike Android, "Mango" works just fine with certificate-based wireless LANs, such as those using the PEAP protocol.

Windows Phone has no backup facility for your settings, as Android does, nor anything remotely like the settings and data backup available in iOS 5's iCloud. But it does let you find your phone from Microsoft's website if you lose it, as long as you've entered your Windows Live credentials as an account on the device.

Personal potential that cries out for corporate savvy
I remain shocked that Microsoft's security capabilities in Windows Phone remain so poor, especially considering that its previous Windows Mobile OS had capabilities on par with what iOS 4 and later offered -- and did so years before iOS. The EAS security and management protocols are Microsoft's, for heavens' sake, and should be part of Windows Phone. If they were, Windows Phone could replace the BlackBerry as the preferred business messaging device.

Similarly, you'd think that Microsoft could make a decent version of Office for its mobile devices -- Apple has shown the way with its iWork suite. But Office for Windows Mobile was just as pathetic as Office for Windows Phone, so maybe Microsoft truly isn't up to the challenge.

But if you want a smartphone that's easy to use (and for which, if you're over 40, you're willing to wear reading glasses) -- a smartphone that will serve just for keeping up with your friends and feeds -- then Windows Phone 7 is a good choice. And the Samsung Focus S is a well-designed device to run it on.

This article, "Samsung Focus S: Slick Windows Phone -- for consumers only," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in mobile computing, read Galen Gruman's Mobile Edge blog at InfoWorld.com, follow Galen's mobile musings on Twitter, and follow InfoWorld on Twitter.

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