Changes to Windows Intune reflect the bring-your-own-device world of Windows, iOS and Android in the workplace

New management capabilities for Windows Intune are being added that will give organizations increased flexibility to let users choose the devices they want to use, while also helping to protect corporate data, writes the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team.

The updates will roll out to service subscribers next week. The changes reflect Microsoft’s vision of enabling “people to be productive on all the devices they love while helping IT ensure that corporate assets are secure and protected,” writes Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server & System Center, on the In the Cloud blog.

Windows Intune “offers simple and comprehensive device management, regardless of the platform, for the devices enterprises are already using, with the IT infrastructure they already own,” writes Anderson.

The new management capabilities of Windows Intune, as described by the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team, include:

• Ability for the administrator to configure email profiles, which can automatically configure the device with the appropriate email server information and related policies, as well as the ability to remove the profile along with the email itself via a remote wipe if needed.

• Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7, including the “Managed open in” capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments, and disabling the fingerprint unlock feature.

• Ability for the administrator to remotely lock the device if it is lost or stolen, and reset the password if the user forgets it.

The updates to Windows Intune are “just a small example of the broader set of innovations Microsoft has been developing,” Anderson writes. “Our focus on a people-centric approach to solving consumerization challenges has led to a number of product improvements and updates,” including:

Windows Azure Active Directory Premium Preview for cloud-based identity and access management, including single-sign-on and access management for SaaS apps.

Microsoft Remote Desktop apps available for iOS, Android and Mac OS X.

“The number of factors at work within this consumerization of IT trend make it clear that to effectively address it we have to think beyond devices and focus on a broader set of challenges and opportunities,” Anderson writes.

“Microsoft is in a unique position to address the holistic needs behind this industry shift with things like public cloud management, private cloud management, identity management, access management, security, and more.”

To read more of Anderson’s post, head over to the In the Cloud blog, and to learn more about the changes coming to Windows Intune, read the full post on the Server & Cloud blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff