Windows Intune which is Microsoft’s cloud-based desktop management tool will be able to manage iPads, iPhones and Android devices in its next version.
This is a beneficial move for Microsoft as it tries to market its windows phones and tablets which are yet to capture market reasonable percentage.
This also a plus for System Admins who have been looking for a multiplatform mobile management tool.
Microsoft Intune pre-release version is now available for download
Intune will provide MDM capabilities through Active Directory (AD) and Exchange ActiveSync. It will also help IT and end users deploy applications to mobile devices. In addition, employee-owned devices that aren’t connected to the corporate AD can be deemed “domain trusted,” which will still allow them to access corporate data and apps.
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.
So far, there is no other multiplatform mobile management tool hence making Intune the first of its kind.