Bryan Von Axelson 2010

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Did you see the announcement made at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas about the next version of Windows Intune.  If not, check out the official blog entry on our “Windows for Business” blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/ 

Hopefully you already know that Windows Intune is our cloud-based management solution that provides tools, reports and an upgrade license to the latest version of Windows to help keep organizations’ PCs up-to-date and secure from virtually anywhere.

·         Windows Intune helps businesses secure and manage their PCs and mobile devices from virtually anywhere through cloud services and a Windows Upgrade License.

·         Updates to the next release of Windows Intune include mobile device management, a self-service company portal, the ability to leverage user accounts and several other enhancements.

·         The new features in Windows Intune will help businesses keep costs low and simplify management by offering one solution for both PC and mobile device management. 

·         Windows Intune is great for businesses that need a management and security solution, without the full burden and cost of building and maintaining a management infrastructure. For large organizations, Windows Intune is a great solution to help manage and secure remote workers, contract employees or bring your own device initiatives.

More info on the new features:

·         Mobile Device Management: Windows Intune will integrate with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, offering IT the flexibility to manage many devices brought into the workplace, even if not owned by an organization. IT will be able to use Windows Intune to set security policies for mobile devices, enforce password protection, encryption and enable remote wipe, ensuring mobile devices are secure at all times. Windows Intune’s mobile device management will support any device with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync capabilities, including Windows Phone, Windows tablets and other platforms including iOS and Android. 

·        People Centric Management: Like Office 365, the next release will offer the ability to manage user accounts with accounts created in the Windows Azure Active Directory, so that IT can provide users with software personalized to their role, ensuring they have the tools they need to be productive. IT will also be able to link onsite Windows Server Active Directory to the Windows Azure Active Directory service so that user accounts and security groups can be synchronized with Windows Intune, allowing IT to easily manage users and devices using.   

·         Self-Service Company Portal: Windows Intune will offer a self-service, customizable company portal that is simple to create and will allow IT to provide employees with the apps and tools they need to stay productive. IT can target the portal to user profiles and employees can access it through a range of mobile devices including Windows PCs, iOS and Android devices.

For more information on Windows Intune, including a free 30 day trial – check out - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/pc-management.aspx