Microsoft shares Windows Intune cloud-management pricing; delivers new beta

Microsoft shares Windows Intune cloud-management pricing; delivers new beta

Summary: Microsoft released a second public beta of Windows Intune on July 12, and broadened the pool of testers to 10,000 mid-market-focused customers and partners.

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Microsoft released a second public beta of Windows Intune on July 12, and broadened the pool of testers to 10,000 mid-market-focused customers and partners.

Windows Intune is a combination of software and a cloud service for managing Windows PCs that formerly was known as System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM).  Microsoft made available a first beta of Intune in April 2010 and said to expect the final version to be out by mid-2011. The new Intune delivery target is early 2011, according to a new "Windows for Your Business" blog post, published on July 12.)

Intune will cost $11 per seat, per month, which includes the management service, as well as Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade rights. For $1 per user per month more, Microsoft will also provide the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack of on-premises tools as part of the bundle.

At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, officials said the second beta would be available to participants in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, UK, and Italy. The second beta includes a new feature known as the Multi-Account Console, enabling partners manage multiple accounts via a single Web-based console.

Microsoft also is releasing, as expected, a public beta of Windows 7 Service Pack (SP) 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on July 12, company officials said at the conference. SP1 for the client will be comprised of fixes; the server SP1 version adds a couple of new features along with the fixes. Both versions of SP1 are expected to be released before the end of this year, though Microsoft officials have not made this date official.

Topics: Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, 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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  • Too expensive

    11 bucks a month per client works out to a per client yearly cost of 132, WAY too high.

    A small company with 10 machines is supposed to drop 1,320 a year on AV?

    A mid-sized company with 500 machines is going to drop 66k a year!?

    A great service priced out of existence.
    rtk
    • RE: Microsoft shares Windows Intune cloud-management pricing; delivers new beta

      @rtk - $132 a year per client for tools that allow you THAT much management capability??? Nonsense - it's a steal. Show me any other enterprise management suite with the capabilities that InTune offers for less than $250 per seat per year.
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  • Intune Manages computers, is that what we need?

    $11/computer/user is in addition to the actual effort of managing computers. The person managing computers in a 10 employee company probably doesn't exist or is the owner. Only the owner would be able to say if he or she wanted to spend $132/employee per year to be able to manage their computers. My bet is companies that size think of computers as appliances and the less spent on them the better.

    Perhaps Microsoft could invent a computer that behaved itself for an entire year or even two years without needing "Management". Apple? Linux? Bueller? Anyone?
    egbegb2
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