Week of 16 Dec 2013 Dell Software Group's John Swainson serves up his 2014 master plan (20 Dec 2013)
A Q&A with Dell Software Group President John Swainson reveals his top priority for next year: integrate Dell's acquisitions into a single entity.
Week of 04 Nov 2013 Dreading a migration? New Windows XP tools may ease the pain (04 Nov 2013)
Enterprise tools can provide IT admins with views of their software licenses and ease the migration pain from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Week of 28 Oct 2013 Microsoft's internal Project XP seeks to migrate Windows XP businesses (01 Nov 2013)
Microsoft is pushing customers to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 while some software vendors undermine its efforts by continuing app support.
Week of 21 Oct 2013 Mobile workstations deliver high-end computing power -- for a price (22 Oct 2013)
Mobile workstations from Dell, Toshiba and HP pack plenty of computing power and weigh less than their predecessors, but prices may limit adoption.
Week of 14 Oct 2013 Dell endpoint management tools arrive for iOS, Android (16 Oct 2013)
Dell's new endpoint management tools will let IT admins do more from their mobile devices, but the company has yet to fully integrate these products.
Windows 8 tablet and virtualization deployments in educational IT echo enterprise challenges, giving IT admins lessons from their school counterparts.
Week of 30 Sep 2013 Best practices for a Windows XP migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (30 Sep 2013)
Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014, and businesses that haven't upgraded should follow best practices to move ahead with a Windows XP migration.
Week of 16 Sep 2013 Ballmer confesses Microsoft mobile device missteps in final financial call (20 Sep 2013)
Departing CEO Steve Ballmer admits that Microsoft missed a huge opportunity to be competitive in the now lavishly successful mobile device market.
Office productivity software alternatives from IBM, Huddle and others now integrate more mobile, social and collaboration features for the enterprise.
Week of 09 Sep 2013 Critical fixes for Office, Outlook and IE in September Patch Tuesday (SearchWindowsServer.com | 10 Sep 2013)
Microsoft delivered patches in 13 bulletins this week, including four critical bulletins. Recent versions of Outlook and Office are affected.
Newly private Dell will be able to take more risks and move its devices and services ambitions forward. What will this mean for Dell PCs?
Week of 02 Sep 2013 Windows XP migration tools ease long overdue upgrades (03 Sep 2013)
Many enterprises are delaying Windows XP migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8 because upgrades are time-consuming and expensive. These tools can help.
Week of 26 Aug 2013 Windows Phone 8 deployment flies high at Delta Air (30 Aug 2013)
Delta has completed a Nokia 820 Windows Phone 8 deployment to 19,000 flight attendants -- a much-needed endorsement for Microsoft's mobile phone.
Week of 19 Aug 2013 IT pros shed no tears over Microsoft CEO Ballmer's retirement plans (SearchWindowsServer.com | 23 Aug 2013)
On the heels of a reorganization, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire within a year. IT pros hope a technology visionary will replace him.
Week of 12 Aug 2013 Microsoft patches Exchange, Internet Explorer vulnerabilities (SearchWindowsServer.com | 13 Aug 2013)
In Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday update, the company patched a range of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange and more.
Week of 29 Jul 2013 Can Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview entice business users? (01 Aug 2013)
Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on the heels of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview updates.
Desktop admin jobs hit with mobility responsibilities (02 Aug 2013)
As application access is changing from desktop to mobile, so are the jobs of traditional desktop admins.
How does a tablet differ from a notebook or an ultra-mobile PC? Here's how to determine which is which.
Week of 15 Jul 2013 Corporate PC reliance continues, but PC market slumps on tablet use (18 Jul 2013)
Tablet use has affected the PC market, but the corporate world continues to rely on desktops and use tablets only as supplemental devices.
Microsoft will soon provide the ability to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on Windows To Go USB sticks.
Week of 08 Jul 2013 Microsoft addresses TrueType, Windows vulnerabilities (SearchWindowsServer.com | 09 Jul 2013)
On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft addressed a number of critical flaws in font parsing and vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Experts expect the Microsoft reorganization and its efforts to be a devices, cloud services company to affect Windows desktop and device deployments.
Microsoft's reorganization may have long-term impact on IT, systems (SearchWindowsServer.com | 11 Jul 2013)
Microsoft's reorganization may not impact IT in the short term, but questions surround how it will affect the quality of its products and services over time.
Online IT training centers are adding Windows 8 online courses to educate IT pros on how to deploy and administer the new OS.
Week of 01 Jul 2013 Microsoft attempts to make Surface RT tablet enterprise-worthy (03 Jul 2013)
Microsoft's Surface RT is a consumer device, while Surface Pro is designed for enterprises, but there may be a place for the RT in the corporate world.
Week of 24 Jun 2013 App developers rush to fill Windows 8 application void (27 Jun 2013)
As Microsoft touts Windows 8.1, tool developers rush to fill the need for Windows 8 applications.
Dell will simplify software asset management with an updated K1000 to keep track of software licensing, and Windows OS and app migration.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 preview includes a number features -- including the Start button -- that will be accessible across a plethora of new devices.
Week of 17 Jun 2013 Q&A: Microsoft's Erwin Visser discloses Windows 8 mobile strategy (17 Jun 2013)
Microsoft GM Erwin Visser discusses the company's mobile strategy for Windows 8 and the need to deliver one device supporting all types of computing.
Microsoft's Erwin Visser discusses Windows 8.1 features, how IT can keep pace with faster update cycles and Windows security enhancements.
Week of 10 Jun 2013 In mobile device era, Hewlett-Packard recommits to PCs at HP Discover (11 Jun 2013)
IT pros are encouraged by Hewlett Packard's new support services plan for PCs, but would like to see mobile devices from the company.
With the ADK for Windows 8.1, Microsoft has armed IT administrators with the tools they need to deploy the future Windows 8.1 in the enterprise.
Office, 32-bit Windows fixes included in Patch Tuesday update (SearchWindowsServer.com | 11 Jun 2013)
Microsoft offered five bulletins in June's Patch Tuesday updates, with 19-vulnerability critical Internet Explorer patch and Windows Server 2008 fixes.
Telerik updates Windows 8 app development tools (14 Jun 2013)
Telerik's updated DevCraft tool for developing Windows 8 apps helps IT to deliver business apps to end users on PCs and tablets.
Week of 03 Jun 2013 Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update cycle expected to burden IT (03 Jun 2013)
Microsoft made good on its Windows Blue initiative with a preview of the Windows 8.1 update, but some say faster updates will burden IT departments.
Microsoft missed the boat on the enterprise message for Windows 8. Can it win over IT with security features and other enhancements in Windows 8.1?
Week of 06 May 2013 Windows 8 updates, mini Surface tablets on the horizon (09 May 2013)
A Windows 8 update is expected in the coming months, along with mini Surface tablets. But will enterprises take notice?
Week of 22 Apr 2013 Trusted platform module aids Windows mobile device security (22 Apr 2013)
Keeping data safe in mobile devices is the Holy Grail for preventing corporate data loss.
Week of 15 Apr 2013 Standardizing on Windows tablet PCs to simplify device management (15 Apr 2013)
The enterprise can learn a thing or two about managing mobile devices from the education industry's standardization on Windows-based tablet PCs.
Week of 08 Apr 2013 Windows XP migration delayed even as Microsoft prepares to pull the plug on support (10 Apr 2013)
Microsoft will end Windows XP support in 2014, but IT cites costs, app compatibility as reasons to delay migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8.
Week of 01 Apr 2013 Is a subscription for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus too much change? (05 Apr 2013)
To guarantee its revenue stream, Microsoft must convince businesses that subscribing to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is worth the monthly cost.
Week of 25 Mar 2013 Microsoft hints at Windows Blue agenda, speeds Windows updates (28 Mar 2013)
Microsoft finally acknowledges Windows Blue, but is not forthcoming with details on the initiative's operating system updates.
Microsoft's Companion Subscription License with Windows 8 accommodates BYOD and may turn out to be more economical for some enterprises.
Microsoft's Windows 8 app updates are a step in the right direction, but may not provide enterprise users with the functionality they need.
Week of 18 Mar 2013 IT shops put off Windows XP migration to Windows 7, Windows 8 (19 Mar 2013)
Enterprise IT needs to begin Windows XP migrations to Windows 7 because the product's lifecycle ends in 2014.
Companies considering a move to the latest Windows OS may have to delay upgrades due to a lack of enterprise Windows 8 app development tools.
Microsoft encourages customers to buy Windows 8 for the collaboration tools in Office 2013, but many IT shops already use Web-based alternatives.
Week of 11 Mar 2013 March 2013 Patch Tuesday brings Internet Explorer 8, 'evil maid' fixes (SearchWindowsServer.com | 13 Mar 2013)
March's Patch Tuesday updates contain fixes for Internet Explorer 8 and a USB drive exploit. Plus, the company released non-security updates.
Week of 04 Mar 2013 Enterprise IT shops put off Windows 8 migrations (08 Mar 2013)
Windows 8 migrations have stalled as IT shops grapple with decisions over hardware and software upgrade costs, Windows security issues and more.
Week of 25 Feb 2013 Microsoft continues subscription push with new Office 365 versions (SearchExchange.com | 27 Feb 2013)
Microsoft hopes its new Office 365 offerings will make a subscription-based model more enticing to customers.
Week of 11 Feb 2013 Microsoft patches vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange (SearchWindowsServer.com | 13 Feb 2013)
In a busy February Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed another critical Oracle vulnerability in Exchange. Plus, Internet Explorer received fixes.
Week of 07 Jan 2013 Windows 8 adoption in enterprises hinges on UI acceptance, devices (07 Jan 2013)
Microsoft Windows 8 hasn't been as beloved out of the gate as Windows 7 was for a number of reasons, including the touch-centric user interface.
Week of 31 Dec 2012 IT shops may skip Office 2013 upgrade in favor of Office in the cloud (04 Jan 2013)
Microsoft will release Office 2013 within the next two months, but few customers will upgrade. Other may use cloud-based productivity suites instead.
Week of 17 Dec 2012 Application migration to Windows 8 might require third-party tools (17 Dec 2012)
Third-party Windows upgrade tools might be necessary for application migration to Windows 8.
The acquisition of Credant Technologies could bolster Dell's data encryption play and its efforts to support and secure mobile devices.
IBM SmartCloud Docs productivity suite to challenge Office 365, Google Docs (SearchConsumerization.com | 21 Dec 2012)
IBM's SmartCloud Docs productivity suite offers mobile employees a way to access documents and more from any device, anywhere.
IT pros reminisce about the best geek gifts ever (19 Dec 2012)
IT experts share their all-time favorite gadget gifts. In some cases, the best geek gifts launched their careers.
Week of 10 Dec 2012 Final Patch Tuesday of the year brings fixes to Windows, Office, IE (SearchWindowsServer.com | 11 Dec 2012)
As 2012 draws to a close, Microsoft has one last batch of patches for admins. This month, Windows Server 2012, Office and Internet Explorer get fixes.
Microsoft isn't saying where it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the company still claims that the new system is perfect for enterprise users.
Week of 26 Nov 2012 IT plays waiting game with Windows 8 application support (26 Nov 2012)
Windows 8 sales sputter as businesses wait for third-party software to be certified on Microsoft's new operating system.
IT pros troubled by Microsoft's user CAL price increase (30 Nov 2012)
Microsoft will increase the user CAL by 15%, leaving many IT pros upset, but with little choice to pay up.
Week of 19 Nov 2012 Windows 8 security features improve, but IT concerns remain (19 Nov 2012)
Microsoft made several security improvements in Windows 8, such as adding the new Secure Boot feature. But vulnerabilities remain.
Week of 12 Nov 2012 Office 2013 release date may come early, but does IT care? (12 Nov 2012)
Microsoft Office 2013 might be available earlier than expected, but organizations aren't exactly clamoring to buy the latest suite.
As Microsoft tries to become as agile as Apple and Google, there's concern that fast-paced Windows releases won't work for enterprise customers.
Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 receive first patches (SearchWindowsServer.com | 14 Nov 2012)
Two months after general availability, Windows Server 2012 received its first Patch Tuesday fixes.
Week of 05 Nov 2012 App-V 5.0, User Experience Virtualization hits with MDOP 2012 users (SearchVirtualDesktop.com | 07 Nov 2012)
The latest Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack supports Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, but for IT pros, its virtualization features set it apart.
Office iOS app due in spring, but with lots of gotchas (SearchConsumerization.com | 08 Nov 2012)
If you want to do anything of value with Microsoft Office for iOS (or Android), you'll need an Office 365 subscription. Cheaper alternatives abound.
Week of 22 Oct 2012 Memory-stick makers ready Windows To Go drives for Windows 8 users (22 Oct 2012)
Memory sticks with Windows 8 preinstalled could simplify life for mobile users who want to take the OS with them.
Windows 8 will finally launch this week, but whether IT pros embrace it remains to be seen.
Week of 15 Oct 2012 Office Web Apps becoming more desktop-like (16 Oct 2012)
To more closely tie its Office Web Apps to its on-premises Office offerings, Microsoft will provide an update that boosts collaboration and touch.
Week of 08 Oct 2012 Word, Kerberos vulnerabilities highlight busy October Patch Tuesday (SearchWindowsServer.com | 09 Oct 2012)
Improperly time stamped certificates mean rereleased patches, on top of fixes for Microsoft Word and Kerberos vulnerabilities this month.
Week of 01 Oct 2012 Upgrade to Windows 8: Who will make the switch? (05 Oct 2012)
As Microsoft gets ready to roll out Windows 8, will IT pros invest the time and money necessary to learn the new interface?
Week of 24 Sep 2012 'Radical change' in Windows 8 user interface could require training (25 Sep 2012)
The new Windows 8 user interface is so different that IT might have to spend significant time and money on training to get employees up to speed.
A new small business premium service features a Microsoft Office 365 pricing model designed to push more customers to the cloud.
Week of 17 Sep 2012 IT evaluates options as Google Apps Internet Explorer 8 support ends (SearchCloudComputing.com | 19 Sep 2012)
Google says older browsers don't have the chops to support Google Apps anymore. IE8 and Windows XP shops may want to choose a new browser or OS.
Week of 10 Sep 2012 Microsoft details SCCM SP1, new Intune version, September patches (SearchWindowsServer.com | 12 Sep 2012)
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 receives a patch, plus Microsoft delivered a beta version of a service pack for the 2012 edition of the product.
Week of 20 Aug 2012 Microsoft Windows 8 licensing changes aim to simplify, but miss target (22 Aug 2012)
Microsoft's attempt to simplify the language of the Windows 8 licensing contract causes confusion in some circles.
Week of 30 Jul 2012 Is Windows 7 your last Windows desktop migration? (30 Jul 2012)
Microsoft will support Windows 7 until 2020. As mobile devices get more popular, you may not need to do another large-scale Windows desktop migration until then -- or ever again.
Week of 16 Jul 2012 Microsoft's cloud-based Office 2013 won't hit GA with Windows 8 (18 Jul 2012)
This isn't your father's Office suite; Microsoft Office 2013 includes social collaboration and cloud integration features, but it may not be available this year.
Week of 09 Jul 2012 Despite BYOD and cloud, it's business as usual for Windows migrations (12 Jul 2012)
Despite the rise and popularity of consumerization and other technology trends, enterprises might stick with a traditional Windows migration strategy.
Microsoft patches MSXML, IE, hardens Windows Update (SearchWindowsServer.com | 10 Jul 2012)
July's Patch Tuesday update fixes vulnerabilities in IE and MSXML. Plus, Microsoft hardened Windows Update certificates.
Microsoft revokes additional digital certificates due to encryption weakness (SearchSecurity.com | 11 Jul 2012)
Microsoft has revoked more than two dozen digital certificates used to validate the authenticity of its software.
Week of 18 Jun 2012 Will new Microsoft tablets scratch the Surface of what IT needs? (SearchConsumerization.com | 20 Jun 2012)
As Microsoft takes aim at the iPad with its new Surface tablets, IT wonders if its price tag and management features will make for a good fit in the business world.
Week of 28 May 2012 Microsoft to deliver Office 15 for Windows devices first, iPad later (01 Jun 2012)
To give Windows 8 a competitive edge, Microsoft will deliver Office 15 only for its own devices this fall, with versions for the iPad and Android devices due out next year.
Week of 07 May 2012 Microsoft patches 23 security vulnerabilities, three critical bulletins (SearchWindowsServer.com | 08 May 2012)
Microsoft addressed 23 vulnerabilities as part of its May Patch Tuesday update, addressing flaws in Windows and Office.
Week of 16 Apr 2012 Microsoft lays out Windows 8 versions (TabletPCReview | 17 Apr 2012)
There will be three versions of Windows 8: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro for PCs, and Windows RT for ARM-based tablets.
Windows Intune goes mobile with iOS, Android management (SearchConsumerization.com | 18 Apr 2012)
It’s Apple and Android’s world, and Microsoft’s just managing it. Admins can use the new Windows Intune to manage iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
Week of 09 Apr 2012 BYOD and mobile cloud apps lead to licensing compliance issues (13 Apr 2012)
Employees using their devices for work may violate their employers' Microsoft licensing agreement. But, licensing compliance issues can be avoided.
Week of 12 Mar 2012 Microsoft Office 15 features, licensing details emerge (15 Mar 2012)
Microsoft Office 15 will include radical changes to the way the product is bought and licensed. An Office for iPad app may also be on its way.
Week of 05 Mar 2012 Microsoft clarifies cloud-hosted desktop licensing, stings OnLive (SearchVirtualDesktop.com | 09 Mar 2012)
Microsoft illuminated Windows licensing rules for cloud-hosted virtual desktops, putting OnLive's free Windows app for iPad in the crosshairs.
Microsoft has touted Windows To Go as a way to facilitate bring your own device programs, but the USB-based Windows 8 feature may not support commonly used devices.
Week of 27 Feb 2012 Microsoft iPad Office app coming soon? (SearchConsumerization.com | 28 Feb 2012)
Microsoft addresses rumors surrounding an iPad Office app, while IT pros speculate about Microsoft Office app costs and features.
The Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes a client hypervisor, automatic backup and improvements to BranchCache. Here's a rundown of these and other important features.
Week of 13 Feb 2012 Adobe Reader gets no love from IT shops, but few switch from it (16 Feb 2012)
Adobe Reader is unpopular but hard to give up. It could, however, become obsolete in a few years, thanks to built-in browser and OS support.
Week of 06 Feb 2012 Internet Explorer 6 apps hinder corporate adoption of Windows 7, IE9 (10 Feb 2012)
Organizations still rely on Windows XP and IE6 apps because they're a chore to upgrade. But IT pros can move without ditching legacy IE6 apps or having app compatibility problems.
Small IT departments say it's better late than never for Windows Intune -- a cloud-based desktop management app for remote desktop access, patches, antivirus and software updates.
Week of 30 Jan 2012 Microsoft licensing rules for BYOD not set; beware of snags (30 Jan 2012)
Experts warn that BYOD can lead to Microsoft licensing violations, and they explain how to properly license software for mobile access.
Windows on ARM poses unique challenges, benefits (01 Feb 2012)
Windows 8 on ARM processors will give enterprises supporting BYOD a way to manage one operating system across all devices. But putting Windows 8 on ARM also raises concerns.
Week of 09 Jan 2012 Kinect for PCs brings gesture-based computing to the enterprise (SearchConsumerization.com | 13 Jan 2012)
Microsoft Kinect for Windows brings voice and gesture-based control to business PCs. It’s like science fiction, but will go live February 1. Here are the potential enterprise uses.
Microsoft delivers seven security fixes for Windows Server, Windows (SearchWindowsServer.com | 10 Jan 2012)
Microsoft kicks off another year of bug squashing, delivering seven security bulletins to seal holes in Windows Server 2008 R2 and desktop versions of Windows.
Week of 19 Dec 2011 Virtual desktops in 2012: It's all about the apps (SearchVirtualDesktop.com | 22 Dec 2011)
In 2012, VDI will be just one way to deliver desktops. IT pros will use various forms of desktop virtualization to deliver enterprise apps to mobile end users.
Week of 12 Dec 2011 December 2011 Patch Tuesday sees 13 Microsoft bulletins, Duqu patch (SearchSecurity.com | 13 Dec 2011)
Microsoft’s 13 security bulletins included critical Windows and Windows Media Player updates.
Week of 28 Nov 2011 Report: Windows 8 beta due by February (02 Dec 2011)
Microsoft may ship the first beta of Windows 8 in February, with general availability in Q3 of 2012. But new technologies could delay adoption.
Week of 10 Oct 2011 IT pros to Dell: Stop chiding HP and start innovating (13 Oct 2011)
At Dell World, Dell executives had plenty to say about HP. IT pros might have preferred the vendor discussed new investments in Dell's own client devices.
Week of 12 Sep 2011 Microsoft pre-release of Windows 8 now open to scrutiny (13 Sep 2011)
Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This OS lets many apps work across a wide range of end-user devices.
Microsoft supports IE virtualization in Windows 8 with Hyper-V client (SearchVirtualDesktop | 12 Sep 2011)
IT pros want to virtualize Internet Explorer, but Microsoft licensing rules forbid the practice. Now, Microsoft has devised a legal way to run old versions of IE with Windows 8.
Week of 05 Sep 2011 IT pros get System Center-like features with revised Windows Intune (06 Sep 2011)
Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console Windows Intune will be generally available next month with new features for IT shops without Systems Center.
Microsoft supports IE virtualization in Windows 8 with Hyper-V client (SearchVirtualDesktop | 09 Sep 2011)
IT pros want to virtualize Internet Explorer, but Microsoft licensing rules forbid the practice. Now, Microsoft has devised a legal way to run old versions of IE with Windows 8.
Week of 08 Aug 2011 Microsoft to roll out 'critical' patches for Windows and IE (10 Aug 2011)
Microsoft delivered updates to patch 22 vulnerabilities across several of its core products, including Windows Server 2008, Internet Explorer and the .Net Framework.
Week of 11 Jul 2011 MDOP 2011 R2 brings new security, management tools (11 Jul 2011)
The BitLocker administration tool in MDOP 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes DaRT and AIS updates.
Microsoft's yen for EA renewals drives Windows 8 push (13 Jul 2011)
With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.
Week of 04 Jul 2011 Will Windows 8 undercut Microsoft's other OSes? (07 Jul 2011)
Microsoft appears on track to deliver Windows 8 next year. But will an on-time delivery be a bad thing for best-selling Windows 7?
Week of 27 Jun 2011 Microsoft tries to meet IT demands for mobile PC apps (27 Jun 2011)
Some IT pros want PC-based apps ported to tablets and other mobile devices. But Microsoft needs to convince developers to get on board.
Week of 13 Jun 2011 Microsoft’s June patches fix Windows Server 2008 flaws (SearchWindowsServer.com | 14 Jun 2011)
Windows administrators keep their jobs this month thanks to a hefty 34 security fixes to some mainstay products, including Windows Server 2008 and R2.
Week of 06 Jun 2011 IT shops will look at but not 'touch' Windows 8 (SearchConsumerization.com | 10 Jun 2011)
Microsoft’s Windows 8 will include, among other things, touch-centric capabilities. It may not work for enterprises today, but IT executives see potential as applications evolve.
Thin client device market splinters on virtual desktops (SearchVirtualDesktop.com | 09 Jun 2011)
Choosing the right thin client in a sea of devices built for specific virtual desktop environments is a balancing act that involves much thought and a long term plan.
Week of 21 Mar 2011 Microsoft sweetens MDOP deal and releases Intune (22 Mar 2011)
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console is ready, and an MDOP 2011 update is due this year which will be offered to a wider customer base.