Is device memory encryption on or off by default on WP8?

We have some conflicting information on Windows Phone 8 and the device memory Bitlocker encryption.

Technet information (for example http://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3a%2f%2fvideo.ch9.ms%2fteched%2f2012%2feu%2fWPH304.pptx slide 13/24) tells that device memory encryption is turned on by default in all Windows Phone 8 devices.

On the other hand we have http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/basics/tips-to-help-keep-my-phone-secure which says "Other security features, such as device encryption, can be turned on by your employer via a company policy." This company policy is set in Exchange profile.

So, which is true for a Windows Phone 8 (Nokia Lumia if it makes any difference)?

If it turns out that encrypting the device memory requires an Exchange server, I'm really really upset. I am a business user and I explicitly bought a WP8 device because of the advertised encryption capabilities. However, my company size is 1 and I do not have an Exchange server.

 

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Last updated April 12, 2018 Views 2,968 Applies to:
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The how-to article is correct. Only the company Exchange profile can turn encryption of the device on. There has been no announcement if it will be manual switch in the future or not.

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