Amazon just announced the new Amazon Fire phone. The first thing I wanted to know was about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) features. How will your business utilize this great new device? The news is good…
The Fire Phone, scheduled to be available the end of July from AT&T, tracks your face for “sort of 3D,” sports an amazing camera, can recognize almost everything it sees or hears, but what about features for your company?
You will have the ability to view MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. The phone provides Outlook and uses your Exchange server for messages, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc. The device supports encryption and is supposed to support VPN connectivity soon. Then, of course, there are so many apps available in Amazon’s own Fire Phone Apps in Amazon’s store. See details by googling: “Fire Phone for Work site:amazon.com” or click here: Fire Phone for Work
For IT Pros, they will be happy that the phone supports their ability to remote-wipe a lost or stolen phone and control the installation of applications. A notable tool is Amazon’s Whispercast.
Whispercast is a stable platform that schools and businesses use already. It provides an easy interface for your IT professionals to manage these devices including limiting Wi-Fi connectivity and provide content restriction (such as blocking access to social media sites). IT Pros can configure users into “groups,” with each group receiving different content and restrictions.
Soon other MDM (Mobile Device Management) tools will add robust features that your IT Pros need in order to enhance security and productivity for devices using your network.
Is there a Fire Phone in your future? Can your IT manage the BYOD features? At least you know it can “do business.”
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