Microsoft Previews Out-of-the-Box MDM With Windows 10
Windows 10 is more than a big refresh of the company's flagship operating system. It's a major step in helping businesses adapt to a "mobile-first" world.Microsoft is banking on Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and its upcoming Windows 10 operating system to turn the company's oft-repeated "mobile-first, cloud-first" vision into a reality for businesses. Ahead of the Windows 10 launch on July 29, the company is offering a glimpse of what it has in store for IT administrators charged with managing users and their devices. When deployed on environments managed by the company's cloud-based EMS platform, PCs and tablets running the new operating system (OS) can slip into an organization's bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives right from the start and with fewer hoops to jump through. "With Windows 10, we're excited to enable automatic MDM enrollment of both corporate-owned devices as well as personally owned BYO devices, powered by Azure AD," Mahesh Unnikrishnan, senior program manager of Microsoft's Identity and Security Services unit, announced in a company blog post June 12. EMS bundles the company's Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium, Intune and Azure Rights Management (RMS), although customers can subscribe separately. "We're eliminating the hassles of MDM enrollment. When a user joins their Windows 10 device to Azure AD, it will be automatically enrolled for MDM," said his colleague, Alex Simons, director of program management within the same division at Microsoft.
A year after the EMS launch, several organizations have taken Microsoft up on its offer. The integrated user and mobile-device management (MDM) suite of cloud-delivered services has attracted 13,000 customers, reported Unnikrishnan.