On the heels of rolling out a slew of Intune mobile-device-management updates in November, Microsoft is delivering another bumper crop of Intune updates today, December 9.Interestingly, a number of the Intune updates included in today's batch are focused on providing the content lock-down and management Microsoft has been touting as being central to its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) mission.
Back in November, Microsoft execs said that they planned to make available some of the necessary Intune pieces for controlling Office on iPad content "in the coming months." (This was after first saying that these updates would be out in Q1 2015.)
Uncharacteristically, Microsoft seems to be making these pieces available sooner rather than later. Windows ITPro's Rod Trent attributes the faster Intune rollout cadence to Intune being rearchitected as a "full, native Azure service."
Here's the full list of what's in the December Intune updates -- rolling out between December 9 and December 12 -- as posted on the Microsoft Intune blog:
The Intune updates required to provide similar levels of content management and lock-down on the recently introduced Office for Android offering are still "coming soon," according to today's Intune blog post. Office for Android is now in preview and will be generally available in early 2015.
EMS has three parts: Azure Active Directory Premium, Azure Rights Management services and Intune (the mobile-device management service that until recently was known as Windows Intune.) Currently, EMS is only available as a bundle to large enterprise users with volume plans, though Microsoft execs are hinting that requirement may be relaxed some time relatively soon.
Microsoft has been touting for the past few months that EMS will enable users to protect and manage not just their devices, but also their identity, apps and data across iOS, Android and Windows devices.