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June 18, 2014

How Windows Phone 8.1 makes Lumia an even better business smartphone

The tech community on the web has been buzzing about the business credentials of Lumia smartphones for several months now. And if you thought that a Lumia couldn’t get any better for business, think again.

With the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1, which is available soon as a free upgrade for all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is truly redefining the meaning of “smart” when it comes to business smartphones. But don’t just take our word for it: check out the video below and you’ll see why your next business smartphone should be a Lumia.

A smarter start to your working day

Your Lumia gets the business day started in the smartest way possible. Wherever you’re off to, Bing maps and the HERE navigation apps will get you there, by car or public transport, to the office, the meeting, the airport, or the construction yard. What’s more, HERE is always looking for ways to make your daily commute more efficient by analyzing traffic conditions, your driving habits, and any problems on your usual route.

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A smarter way to carry your documents

With a Lumia smartphone in your pocket, it won’t matter whether you’re showcasing your products in a meeting room or checking out on-site progress in your hardhat and boots. With Microsoft Office built in, you can control your PowerPoint presentation wirelessly, or immediately check and update your financials, targets, inventories, and supplier details with Excel.

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All your information is smoothly synchronized between your Windows PC and your Lumia smartphone. Even better, the ability to access, edit and share documents with OneDrive and SharePoint using your Lumia means your colleagues will also have access to the updated information in real time. Working in multi-site, multi-disciplined teams has never been easier. And the same is true for multitasking, too, with the new Action Center keeping track of all your business-critical alerts and notifications.

Take note of smarter communication with OneNote

Just signed a huge new deal and want to shout it out to your team? Is the new building project looking even better than anyone imagined? Found a website that everyone should check out right now? Make a note of it with OneNote. Add pictures, audio files and text, typing faster than ever with the WordFlow keyboard. Then inspire your team by sharing it with everyone.

Lync is a great way to share ideas before an important meeting, to double-check a quick fact, to set up a meeting or to have a videoconference between offices. It provides a smarter way to communicate with your colleagues. When you’re working late, set up a Skype video call for a little love and encouragement from your nearest and dearest.

Outsmart the rogues

Windows Phone 8.1 brings VPN support to your Lumia (both IPsec and SSL). It’s a safe way to connect to your secure corporate network. While Lumia devices have always been renowned for their world-class security features, Windows Phone 8.1 takes this to the next level. When you use any apps chosen by your company’s IT department, the VPN connection will be launched automatically. This leaves you free to focus on what matters.


Are you already using a Lumia device for work? If so, how’s the experience been for you? How has it helped you work smarter? If you’re still one of the unconverted, we’d love to hear if this video has made you consider switching. Please tell us either way in the comments section below. Once you’ve done that, go read some more about Lumia for business.