Microsoft Intune Adds Multi-identity Support for Office iOS Apps
Users no longer have to juggle their work or personal accounts when using select Office apps on their iPhones and iPads.Microsoft is making it easier for businesses to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement and work styles that blend both personal and work app use. In a nod to the consumerization of IT, Microsoft is issuing an update to Intune, the company's cloud-based PC and mobile management platform. In the wake of booming mobile device adoption in the workplace, enterprises have been grappling with the challenges of supporting apps used in both personal and professional settings. Between now and July 2, Microsoft is eliminating some of the friction personal apps can cause between administrators and users, at least in terms of its own Office apps. In a June 22 advisory, the Microsoft Intune Team announced that Office users with iPhones and iPads will soon be able to seamlessly switch between profiles. Among the new features is multi-identity support "for Word, PowerPoint and OneDrive apps for iOS devices, enabling users to access both their personal and work accounts in the same Office mobile apps while Intune mobile application management policies are only applied to the user's work account." An updated Excel app is pending approval in the Apple App Store, they noted. After the update is applied, the Company Portal app for iOS will display a notification when updated versions of managed apps are available at the app store. Both changes apply to the stand-alone version of Intune and the hybrid implementation with System Center Configuration Manager.
Intune stand-alone also gains the ability to install Windows Store (.appx) apps directly from the Intune Company Portal Website, a capability already offered for hybrid System Center Configuration Manager customers. On the data security front, an updated Endpoint Protection agent helps administrators keep Windows PCs virus-free. The Intune console will also soon display malware-infected file paths, helping administrators monitor the effectiveness of their IT security measures.