As we get closer to Intune moving over to the Azure portal, there are a few updates that have already worked their way in since the initial preview release last month. The best way to check out all of the new capabilities is a with a new trial tenant, as opposed to waiting for your production or existing test tenants to be updated. As you’ll see in a few of the screenshots below, this is the path I had to go down to expose the preview functionality.

Custom app categories

You can now create, edit, and assign categories for apps you add to Intune. Currently, categories can only be specified in English.

Let’s take a look at how we do this.

First up I need to add an app, and one of the new capabilities is the ability to search directly for the app from within the portal. This means you don’t have to search, copy and past the URL etc.

Searching for Word gives a few hits, but obviously it’s the first one that I need to select.

Once selected, we can move to App Information > Configure, where you will see some of the fields are pre-populated, but you will still need to add some information manually and change fields like the App Description. You will also notice that the Word icon is presented.

Assign line of business apps whether or not devices are enrolled

You can now assign line of business and apps from the store to users whether or not their devices are enrolled with Intune. If the users device is not enrolled with Intune, they must go to the Company Portal website to install it, instead of the Company Portal app.

Resolve issue where iOS devices are inactive, or the admin console cannot communicate with them

When users’ devices lose contact with Intune, you can give them new troubleshooting steps to help them regain access to company resources. See Devices are inactive, or the admin console cannot communicate with them.