Cisco launches open beta of its AnyConnect Windows Phone app

Cisco has launched an open beta of its AnyConnect business-themed encrypted remote networking app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As with any beta app, there are sure to be some bugs involved, so try it at your own risk.

Cisco has listed some of the known bugs:

  • Certificates require administrator changes (noted in release notes) for the current beta build
  • VPN roaming (WiFi 3/4G) not supported
  • AnyConnect XML profiles do not update from the head-end
  • Token challenge messages not displayed currently

AnyConnect Plus/Apex licensing is required for using the app. Here's a quick overall description of the Cisco AnyConnect service:

"For IT, Cisco AnyConnect provides the security necessary to help keep your organization's data safe and protected. Cisco AnyConnect offers the most comprehensive endpoint security platform with next-generation remote access, posture enforcement, and web security to help you easily manage the security risks of the extended enterprise. These security services provide enterprises with the visibility and the control they need to identify who and what is accessing the network."

Cisco is looking for beta users to send back feedback about the app, via email at It adds that the app should work with devices that have the Windows 10 for phone preview installed but cautions that it has not been verified by Cisco.

Thanks to Tamás for the tip!

Download the Cisco AnyConnect app from the Windows Phone Store (Free)

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John Callaham