Thursday was a busy day at Microsoft, and along with several launches and product debuts for the Amazon Fire Phone platform, the company announced more. AT&T users of the Lumia 1520 now will get Windows Phone 8.1, plus the former Yammer CEO has left Microsoft to pursue more options.
The Lumia 1520 is one of the hottest Windows Phones on the market, and its launch of Windows Phone 8.1 was seen as soon. Now, the availability of the software, as tested on AT&T’s market in the US is live, and users can start downloading it right away for their devices.
AT&T Launches Windows Phone 8.1
AT&T customers can start downloading Windows Phone 8.1 for their Nokia Lumia 1520 devices, according to a blog post from Microsoft and AT&T. This is a major upgrade for the phone, and it brings the slew of upgrades from enterprise enhancements, the virtual assistant Cortana, and notification centers.
For the AT&T crowd, the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 1520 will certainly help it get more enterprise customers using the phone. It’s enterprise improvements will bring VPN access and more security features to the phone as well. For general consumers, the number of additions help as well for the Lumia 1520 to grow.
Former Yammer CEO Exits Microsoft
In addition to the product news, Microsoft also announced the exit of former Yammer CEO David Sacks. Microsoft purchased Yammer two years ago for $1.2 billion, and has rolled Yammer into its Office suite of products. Microsoft recently rolled Yammer into its Office 365 product line for businesses, which might have signaled his exit.
Yammer is one of the hottest enterprise products, and Microsoft is using it to give enterprise customers great social tools. With Office 365, SharePoint, and Yammer, businesses and enterprise customers get a great set of enterprise tools at their disposal. Yammer has been a great addition to Microsoft, and the purchase price of $1.2 billion has been worth it. David Sacks was around for his two years, and will now go to his new adventures.
The Lumia 1520 is a hot phone, and Windows Phone 8.1 is needed on it. Yammer is also hot, and enterprise customers love it, but now without its former head at Microsoft.