Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

Summary: Microsoft is ready to take the wraps off a beta of the next release of its Windows Intune PC management service, according to some of my tipsters.

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Microsoft is ready to take the wraps off a beta of the next release of its Windows Intune PC management service, according to some of my tipsters.

Next week -- the week of July 11 -- is Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference. I'm hearing the beta of Intune 2.0 will likely be announced there. Windows Intune is one of Microsoft's cloud services that provides IT pros with PC management and security for $11 per seat per month. There are two components to Windows Intune 1.0 (which was codenamed "Florida"): On-premises Windows and Windows management tools, plus an online management and security service. Windows Intune evolved from a Microsoft project known as System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM).

Microsoft released version 1 of Windows Intune in March 2011. It manages and secures Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs. Windows Intune works over the cloud like Windows Update and Microsoft Update, but users don’t need on-site infrastructure, as updates are delivered directly to any of their managed PCs that have an Internet connection, Microsoft officials have said.

So what's coming in Intune V2? One of my contacts said third-party patch support will be part of the new version.

"There will no longer be just Windows Patch support which is what the current version has," said my contact, who asked to remain anonymous.

Microsoft has been seeking customer input on what IT managers with more than 5,000 PCs would like to see in future versions of Windows Intune. The Softies have been looking for companies "that may be involved in activities that include keeping PCs secure and up to date, distributing software applications, managing mobile devices, performing data backup and restore, and monitoring PC health, to name a few."

In the longer term, Microsoft also is looking at how to add mobile support to Windows Intune, but I'm not hearing that V2 will include any mobile-management/security capabilities.

I asked Microsoft officials about the timing and feature set for Windows Intune V2 and was told the company had no comment.

I'll be at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles all next week, so if there's more revealed about Windows Intune there, I'll report in.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

    $11 per seat per month. $132 per seat per year. IT managers with 5,000 are looking at a rough spend of $660,000 a year.
    I have to assume some hefty volume discounts need to come into play or this will be a hard sell for an added 10%-15% or typical PC purchase price for 1 year, or 40% to 60% over a 4 year life cycle.
    nw trout
    • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

      @nw trout
      <i>$11 per seat per month. $132 per seat per year. IT managers with 5,000 are looking at a rough spend of $660,000 a year.</i>

      That is unless there are shared systems on site, that could push the cost considerably higher. Per seat is a weasel word for more than on license per machine. Imagine if the corporation has three shifts and 40% of the computer are shared. Using 5,000 computers and having 40% on various production floors the costs could easily exceed $1 million per year.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

        @Rick_K Intune is licensed for the device and is not aware of how many users share a machine.
        Butch Adams
      • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

        @cpudoc10<br>I guess reading comprehension is not your strong suit. <br><br><i>Windows Intune is one of Microsofts cloud services that provides IT pros with PC management and security for<b> $11 per seat per month.</b> </i><br><br>Unless they are changing the use of the word per seat, then it is just CALs all over again. I personally despise CALs (or per seat licenses). There are several companies that have chosen this approach, and I try my best to not purchase their products. Per seat licenses are a sneaky way of getting the product in the door, with hidden fees that add up real quick.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

        @Rick_K

        Besides making yourself look like a complete douchebag in your reply to cpudoc10, you also proved to everyone here that you completely lack the ability to think proactively.

        The licencing information in this post, like a vast majority of information provided by ZDNet is incorrect.

        Windows Intune will cost US$11 per PC per month. Not per seat or per user. It's a per machine licence.
        Alsum
      • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

        Disregard, flagged myself for double posting.
        Alsum
      • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

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    • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

      @nw trout - not sure why my earlier post didn't show up, but ...

      If you're running IT for a company with > 500 seats, chances are that you're using an in-house client management system such as System Center, etc. Either that or you're employing too many IT staff ;)

      InTune is a service that smaller companies or their (often outsourced) IT administrators can subscribe to, for a pretty nominal fee per month, which should result in dramatic savings to the company over-all.

      I am currently working with a company that has one guy managing 100 PC's spread over 6 sites around the US and two in the UK. They have little to no IT discipline whatsoever and spend enormous sums on a myriad of tools to manage their infrastructure. I've currently calculated that by upgrading everyone to a Win7 volume license program and using BPOS/Office365 & inTune, that they'll save around $150K each year ... and they don't have to foot the bill up-front, easing cashflow demands.

      Microsoft is now even offering a pretty compelling story at the small-business end of the market too!
      bitcrazed
    • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

      @nw trout its really good for $11 per seat per month. $132 per seat per year. IT managers with 5,000 are looking at a rough spend of $660,000 a year. very nice thought, Good Work. <a href="http://www.paperprofs.com/writing-types/book-report/">book report writing</a> | <a href="http://www.paperprofs.com/writing-types/admission-essays/">Admission essay writing</a> | <a href="http://www.paperprofs.com/writing-types/thesis/">thesis writing</a>
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    • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

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  • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

    Disregard, flagged myself for double posting.
    Alsum
  • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

    Cant wait to see the new smartphone windows phone 7 models with built in dual core, Front face camera, Skype integrated for video chat, etc...
    ipadsucks
    • RE: Microsoft readies Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service beta

      @ipadsucks
      Re-read the article and post to the subject of the article.
      daikon
  • What a coincidence ...

    If you factor in the cost of a PC, amortized over 36 months, and add the $11/month for this InTune service -- you're at just about the same price-point as leasing Chromebooks. Hmm ...
    daboochmeister
  • Looks like a good deal for SMB - finally

    SMB market has always seemed to get the shaft. With this product, and the other offerings, it looks like a win for SMB. And, the IT Pros who support them - well, it all still needs managed overall but you should be able to do it centrally now. I Like It!
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