Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to. But there's another Microsoft "suite" that I'm hearing will debut on March 27, too.
That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to manage centrally iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and more, according to sources of mine who've requested anonymity.
Microsoft already offers manage iOS, Android, Windows and Windows RT devices, applications, content and data.to enterprise users with Windows Server, System Center and Windows Intune. Microsoft officials talked up the company's enterprise device-management capabilities last October, noting that Microsoft technologies allow users to
EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a new Microsoft Azure Active Directory 'Premium' offering and Azure Rights Management Services.
(Active Directory Premium is a paid version of Azure Active Directory that provides capabilities including user self-service password reset; group-based application access; self-service group management; and other business-focused features of the cloud version of Active Directory.)
Windows Intune, which is Microsoft's cloud-based device management and security service, Samsung Knox BYOD security platform for Android devices.. But Intune is being enhanced so it can manage thousands of devices from the cloud without requiring System Center, I hear. Intune also will soon support Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft is close to releasing to manufacturing, as well as the
I asked Microsoft officials for comment on EMS, but didn't hear back.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson said the company had "nothing to share."
Nadella is expected to announce Office for iPad and EMS on Thursday during a Webcast announcement from San Francisco. Microsoft officials have said they will stream the event starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on the Microsoft News Center.
Update (March 27): Here's Microsoft's official announcement of EMS. It includes the three components mentioned above: Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune and Azure Rights Management. The Windows Phone 8.1 and Android Knox support for Windows Intune is coming in April 2014, Microsoft officials say, as is availability of Azure Active Directory Premium. Enterprise customers can start purchasing the full EMS bundle as of May 1.