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Intune Service Update to Include Windows 10 Optimizations

What many IT admins don’t know is that Microsoft has a strong play to offer in the area of BYOD — namely, Microsoft Intune, which is now included as part of that company’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) offering. Though Intune, enterprise IT can deliver application and device management via the cloud, or on-premises through integration with System Center Configuration Manager, using a single, coherent management console.

Intune lets businesses manage end-user devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs (Android, iOS, and Windows included).

What’s coming sometime this month? According to a recent NeoWin story, the upcoming optimizations will provide enhanced management capabilities for Windows 10, including improvements to support new native features such as the Health Attestation Service and Microsoft Passport. Perhaps equally significant, the update will enable admins to remotely wipe all data on Windows 10 desktops enrolled with the Intune service. Health Attestation relies on Trusted Platform Module (TPM) capabilities in laptops and PCs, and allows admins to check configuration trustworthiness (BitLocker status, malware check results, and so forth) before permitting users to access in-house resources. The upcoming update makes it possible for admins to enforce Attestation Service compliance on applicable devices, and to view data from Intune as part of its ongoing service delivery.

In the same vein, the upcoming update also permits administrators to define and enforce policies for Microsoft’s so-called “Passport for Work” feature, whereby admins can configure specific authentication methods that users must then employ to log into devices enrolled with Intune. Likewise, Android and iOS devices will get some Intune improvements, too — namely, the ability to configure the Smart Lock feature in Android 5 (Lollipop), and the ability of iOS users to select their own e-mail app, while continuing to send diagnostic reports via Intune (only the default app is currently supported).

According to MS, this update should be released sometime on or before January 14. See the Intune blog post (1/6/16) entitled “Coming Soon: Support for new Windows 10 features, Apple VPP for business, and more” for further information.