By embedding MDM directly into Office 365, Microsoft is aiming to make good on its promise to manage not just devices, but also the apps and data on phones and tablets running Windows, iOS and Android. The coming capabilities will allow administrators to manage devices using policies and wipe corporate data when necessary, while still preserving personal data.
The primary focus of the subset of features embedded in Office 365 is on protecting e-mail. Users will be able to handle the following with the free, built-in MDM features:
Conditional access: Set up security policies to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents can be accessed only on phones and tablets that are managed by your company and that are compliant with your IT policies.
Device management: Set and manage security policies, like device level pin lock and jailbreak detection, to help prevent unauthorized users from accessing corporate email and data on a device when it is lost or stolen.
Selective wipe: Remove Office 365 company data from an employee's device while leaving their personal data in place.