Monday, September 10, 2012

Next Release of Windows Intune announced!

Today the Next Release of Windows Intune is announced. The Next Release of Windows Intune is adding new client management capabilities as it relates to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta.

Microsoft offers two separate endpoint management solutions – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) for on-premises management, and Windows Intune for management through the cloud.  With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and the next version of Windows Intune, Microsoft is taking the first step in delivering interoperability between these products through Configuration Manager’s administration console. 

This will enable customers to add mobile devices managed through the cloud with Windows Intune into their ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 console and manage all the devices through one tool. While you can continue to use Windows Intune as a "fully in the cloud" management solution for PC and mobile device management, the interoperability of Microsoft's on-premises and cloud services is a big step forward for organizations that want to manage all of their devices from one place.

To evaluate the current release of Windows Intune, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Windows Intune at the Microsoft website.   

Brad Anderson mentioned during MMS 2012 in Las Vegas already: Regarding Windows Intune and ConfigMgr: "as we go forward we are going to bring these two closer together".

Great to see that ConfigMgr 2012 and Windows Intune now works together to manage both on-premises and through the cloud! Look for availability of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and the next release of Windows Intune in early 2013.

More information about Windows Intune can be found HERE.

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