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Microsoft's next Intune update to get more Windows 10 features

Microsoft's latest update for its Intune device-management service includes support for Windows 10 features and apps.

Microsoft is starting to roll out its regularly scheduled monthly update to its Intune device-management service.

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This month's update has some features of potential interest to Windows 10 users.

The new Intune update, rolling out between October 28 and November 6, includes support for a feature that isn't yet enabled in Windows 10: Enterprise Data Protection. Enterprise Data Protection is a feature expected to be part of the upcoming Windows 10 "Threshold 2" release. EDP isolates personal data from corporate to help prevent data leaks. The feature is expected to be available for Pro, Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10.

The new Intune update will allow admnistrators to create and deploy configuration policies for Windows 10 EDP settings, including "the list of apps that should be protected by EDP, enterprise network locations, protection level, and encryption using the new Windows 10 Enterprise data protection template," according to an October 28 post on the Intune blog.

The coming Intune update also will enable the deployment and installation of Universal Windows Apps on Windows 10 devices, the blog post said.

For non-Windows devices, the coming Intune update will include support for an updated Intune company Portal app for iOS, which adds a "Send Diagnostic Report" button for sending feedback and diagnostics to IT/support teams. The Intune release also provides for management of Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0) devices.

Intune is Microsoft's service for PC management, mobile-device management and app management. Microsoft's "What's New" for Intune page is here.

In related Windows 10 management news this week, Microsoft officials outlined the company's plans for turning System Center Configuration Manager into a "service," so that updates coincide with the frequency they'll happen with Windows 10 itself.