Microsoft Goes Windows-less With Intune MDM Updates
Microsoft's cloud-based mobile-device management solution gains new capabilities but loses its Windows branding.Microsoft is issuing an update to Intune, its cloud-based mobile-device management (MDM) solution that offers new functionality while dispensing with its signature branding. The service update is being rolled out between Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, announced the Microsoft Intune team in a blog post today. The update applies to the stand-alone edition of Intune. (The product is also available as part of Microsoft's bundled Enterprise Mobility Suite solution.) Intune is a PC and mobile-device and -application management solution that enables enterprises to configure and secure their end-user IT environments. Supported platforms include Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. "During this update, you may not be able to log in to the Intune administration console," warned Microsoft. The Intune status page can help customers plan around the scheduled maintenance.
After logging back in, administrators will notice a new interface. Added to the list of features is the ability to implement policies and app administration according to device groups as well as bulk device enrollment on a single account.
- the ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email, based on device enrollment;
- the ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications;
- the enforcement of application install or uninstall;
- the deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles;
- the ability to push free store apps to iOS devices;
- remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices;
- multifactor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices;
- the ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups; and
- updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions.