19 Dec.

Microsoft Intune December 2016 Updates

Another month, another round of Intune updates. The biggest announcement of the month is the public preview of the new Intune admin experience in the Azure Portal which is showing up now. There have also been updates to multi-factor authentication and new device enrolment restrictions. Read below for more details.

Public preview of the new Intune admin experience on Azure

In early calendar year 2017, we will be migrating our full admin experience onto Azure, allowing for powerful and integrated management of core EMS workflows on a modern service platform that’s extensible using Graph APIs. In advance of the general availability of this portal for all Intune tenants, we’re excited to announce that we will begin rolling out a preview of this new admin experience later this month to select tenants.+

The admin experience in the Azure portal will use the already announced new grouping and targeting functionality; when your existing tenant is migrated to the new grouping experience you will also be migrated to preview the new admin experience on your tenant. In the meantime, find out more about what we have in store for Microsoft Intune in the Azure portal in our new documentation.+

If you have any questions about the timeline for your tenant’s migration, contact our migration team at intunegrps@microsoft.com.+

Telecom expense management integration in public preview of Azure portal

We are now beginning to preview integration with third-party telecom expense management (TEM) services within the Azure portal. You can use Intune to enforce limits on domestic and roaming data usage. We are beginning these integrations with Saaswedo.+

New Capabilities

Multi-factor authentication across all platforms

You can now enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) on a selected group of users when they enroll an iOS, Android, Windows 8.1+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ device from the Azure Management Portal by configuring MFA on the Microsoft Intune Enrollment application in Azure Active Directory.+

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Ability to restrict mobile device enrollment

Intune is adding new enrollment restrictions that control which mobile device platforms are allowed to enroll. Intune separates mobile device platforms as iOS, macOS, Android, Windows and Windows Mobile.+

    • Restricting mobile device enrollment does not restrict PC client enrollment.
    • For iOS only, there is one additional option to block the enrollment of personally owned devices.

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Intune marks all new devices as personal unless the IT admin takes action to mark them as corporate owned, as explained in this article.+

Notices

Multi-Factor Authentication on Enrollment moving to the Azure portal

Previously, admins would go to either the Intune console or the Configuration Manager (earlier than release October 2016) console to set MFA for Intune enrollments. With this updated feature, you will now login to the Microsoft Azure portal using your Intune credentials and configure MFA settings through Azure AD. Learn more about this here.+

Company Portal app for Android now available in China 

We are publishing the Company Portal app for Android for download in China. Due to the absence of Google Play Store in China, Android devices must obtain apps from Chinese app marketplaces. The Company Portal app for Android will be available for download on the following stores:+

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The Company Portal app for Android uses Google Play Services to communicate with the Microsoft Intune service. Since Google Play Services are not yet available in China, performing any of the following tasks can take up to 8 hours to complete. +

Intune Admin Console Intune Company Portal app for Android Intune Company Portal Website
Full wipe Remove a remote device Remove device (local and remote)
Selective wipe Reset device Reset device
New or updated app deployments Install available line-of-business apps Device passcode reset
Remote lock
Passcode reset

Deprecations

Firefox to no longer support Silverlight

Mozilla is removing support for Silverlight in version 52 of the Firefox browser, effective March 2017. As a result, you will no longer be able to log in to the existing Intune console using Firefox versions greater than 51. We recommend using Internet Explorer 10 or 11 to access the admin console, or a version of Firefox prior to version 52. Intune’s transition to the Azure portal will allow it to support a number of modern browsers without dependency on Silverlight.+

Removal of Exchange Online mobile inbox policies

Beginning in December, admins will no longer be able to view or configure Exchange Online (EAS) mobile mailbox policies within the Intune console. This change will roll out to all Intune tenants over December and January. All existing policies will stay as configured; for configuring new policies, use the Exchange Management Shell. Find out more information here.+

Intune AV Player, Image Viewer, and PDF Viewer apps are no longer supported on Android

From mid-December 2016 on, users will no longer be able to use the Intune AV Player, Image Viewer, and PDF Viewer apps. These apps have been replaced with the Azure Information Protection app. Find out more about the Azure Information Protection app here.

 

 

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