Microsoft Intune brings enhanced MDM to Office 365

Today Microsoft continued their relentless push towards a “Cloud First Mobile First” strategy with some significant updates to both Intune and Office 365.  In an MSDN blog post from Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility (which can be found here) Microsoft announced that as of Q1 2015 any Office 365 subscription will include an enhanced feature set for Mobile Device Management (MDM).  On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that all O365 subscriptions will now come with unlimited OneDrive storage there can be little doubt that Microsoft is all in on the cloud.

Within our own practice we have beta tested several MDM options , Microsoft Intune brings enhanced MDM to Office 365and each seems to have their own set of shortcomings.  Often the first among these is the inability for the MDM service to differentiate between private and corporate data.

With this release, Microsoft is stating that the Office 365 administrator will have granular control over corporate vs private data and will have the option to selectively wipe business data in the event of a device loss, or employment status change.

Wider Deployment of the full Intune Platform

While the MDM enhancements are a welcome upgrade to the existing Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) solution, we should remember that in some ways Microsoft is using this as a teaser to encourage a wider deployment of the full Intune platform.

They are being very upfront that the included features (see below for the highpoints) are simply a subset of the full Intune package and do not include some of the “heavy lifting” features of the full suite.

, Microsoft Intune brings enhanced MDM to Office 365

Four Feature Highlights

Based on this early deliverable, however, even this subset of features will be a huge benefit to any IT admin who has already made the jump to the Office 365 platform.

, Microsoft Intune brings enhanced MDM to Office 365

As an early adopter of Office 365 and a member of the early release program we will be keenly awaiting this release and will share our feedback following our own internal rollout.

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Adam is one of the co-founders of Adaptive Solutions. In his current role as CEO, Adam is responsible for overseeing all day to day aspects of the company. Under Adam’s leadership, Adaptive’ s leadership team have been able to transform the company into the leading provider of Document Management services in the United States. Along with the team, he has continually reinforced the concept of focus and becoming the best in the world in our vertical. Adam is a veteran in the field of legal technology and system integration for large legal practices. During his time in-house, Adam’s strong skills include technology leadership for numerous DMS conversions and upgrades, while taking primary responsibility for the support of all branch location technology needs. Adam is kept busy shuttling his three children, but in his spare time enjoys the recreational opportunities that only California can offer.

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