Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Feature Comparison with Mobile Device Management for Office 365

Since this week built-in mobile device management (MDM) is available for Office 365 commercial plans. With MDM for Office 365, you can manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, without the need for Microsoft Intune. The built-in MDM features are included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government plans.

Office 365’s MDM capabilities work to keep your data safe in three ways:
-Conditional Access: Setup security policies to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents can be accessed only on phones and tablets that are managed by your company and are compliant.
-Device management: Manage security policies such as PIN lock and jailbreak detection to help prevent unauthorized users from accessing corporate email and data on a device when it is lost or stolen.
-Selective wipe: Remove Office 365 company data from an device while leaving personal data in place.

When looking at the Feature Comparison, there are big differences seen between Exchange ActiveSync, MDM for Office 365, Intune Standalone and Intune + ConfigMgr (Hybrid). This Feature Comparison can help to decide which solution offers the functionality needed.

When looking for protection beyond what’s included in Office 365, you can subscribe to Microsoft Intune, part of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite, and receive additional device and application management capabilities for phones, tablets and PCs. With Microsoft Intune actions such as cut, copy, paste and save as to applications can be restricted as well, keep corporate information even more secure.

Nice to see that Office 365 has MDM capabilities from now on!

Source: Office Blogs

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