15 Sep.

Intune to support iOS 8 at launch, adds new features

The Intune team have announced that they will be support iOS 8 on launch day, here’s the text from their blog post on the topic, and a more in depth post is here. Regardless of your personal views of what the new iPhones deliver, for many organisations they will be arriving en masse shortly due to user demand, and there will be plenty of eager iOS7 users updating within the next few days, and expecting you in IT to make them play nicely. We’ve been seeing some great Intune and Office 365 working together to protect information on iPad demos at a few different Microsoft events recently, so we know what we have to look forward to.

So, apart from iOS 8 support, what else has recently arrived in Intune? There is now email profile provisioning for Windows Phone 8/8.1 (and iOS) by Intune as a standalone service. This was previously available to those who had deployed Intune alongside SCCM, but as you may know, not everyone has System Center deplyed already. Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT also received some new mobile device management capabilities via Enterprise Mode support  in Internet Explorer 11.

You can read about the new features here…

Email Profile Provisioning
Mobile Policy Support for Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

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From the Intune team blog…

Next week iOS 8 will be released to the public, and our Intune service will be ready on Day 0 to manage devices on this new version of the platform.

With iOS 8, we believe that two of the most critical enterprise features today are Managed Domains and Document Extensions. With Managed Domains, enterprise data will be tracked from its source, which will allow management systems to better separate corporate from personal data. Document Extensions will provide significant interaction between applications, introducing new extensibility opportunities that iOS hasn’t had previously. However, with that extensibility will come additional security concerns that will require additional policy and controls from management systems.

For more details on this, we recommend you check out the “Day Zero Support for iOS 8 with Intune” post on the In the Cloud blog by Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility. It provides a great overview of the new iOS 8 features that are most important to IT admins and enterprises and details out how the Intune service will take advantage of these new features as we continuously upgrade the service.

We encourage you to stay tuned to this blog as we continue to share updates on our efforts to leverage some of the new and interesting features available in the latest version of iOS. Also, if you’re not yet using Windows Intune, sign up for a free 30-day trial today!

–  Kieran Gupta, Program Manager

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