Microsoft Unveils Intune Mobile App Management Container Tech
Now that Microsoft is no longer a stranger to iOS and Android devices, the company turns its attention to helping enterprises manage their mobile apps.Microsoft is updating Intune, the company's cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) technology with new features, announced Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. Chief among them are mobile application management (MAM) capabilities to help organizations gain control over their mobile data. "We are rolling out the containers (and everything associated with the containers) that enable you to separate corporate data and apps from consumer apps, as well as enable the free sharing of content across corporate apps while blocking the sharing of data from corporate to consumer apps," shared Anderson, in a Dec. 8 blog post. "This work includes a container solution on iOS and Android." Popular among MDM providers, container technology segments mobile devices into a secure area for business apps and data, leaving the rest for personal use. This helps ensure that sensitive business data doesn't end up on personal cloud storage accounts or winds up inadvertently—or intentionally—shared with unauthorized contacts. Microsoft's own mobile Office apps serve as a showcase for the company's technology.
"You can deeply manage the behavior of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iOS and Android, including the ability to restrict actions such as cut, copy, paste, and where users save their files," wrote Anderson. "The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps in the Apple App Store are instrumented to be managed by Intune and participate in the MDM and container that [are] delivered today."