Microsoft continues to evolve the products that are part of our Cloud OS vision.  Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson recently started a blog series to provide you keen insight into the strategy and direction.  Today Brad blogged, “What’s New in 2012 R2: Making Device Users Productive and Protecting Corporate Information”.

In this post, Brad discusses the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, and how Microsoft is supporting the myriad of devices users have and want to use for work or play. People-centric IT (PCIT) is about helping people to work on the devices they choose. We’re providing users access to their apps and data on any of their devices in any location. The challenge this presents to IT teams is considerable: As soon as users are working on a device that IT does not manage (or even have any knowledge of), it becomes very difficult to retain control of sensitive corporate information and to be able to respond to situations such as the device being sold, lost, or stolen.

One important data point for us when we planned People-centric IT was the feedback we gathered from customers about the need to help reduce client management infrastructure costs and complexity. To do this, we worked hard to integrate Configuration Manager and Windows Intune. Our vision was for IT teams to use the Configuration Manager Administrator console to “manage devices where they live,” on-premise desktops and laptops can be serviced through existing on-prem infrastructure, and Internet-connected devices can be serviced through cloud infrastructure.

Sound interesting?  Head on over to Brad’s blog post and get the full information on this important topic. To learn even more about the technical topics discussed today, check out these posts from our engineering teams: