Microsoft’s cloud-management services Windows Intune with its latest version 2.0 is now available. The release was made on 17th October and it is now available for 30 day trial. Windows Intune, the first major update to Microsoft’s cloud-based PC management solution for small and medium-sized businesses, is now available in beta to qualified users.
Windows Intune enables businesses to manage and secure PCs. It also provides users with rights to current and future versions of Windows. This version of Windows Intune enhances the UI from the first version and adds a handful of user-requested features, most notably the improved ability to deploy software to remote PCs from a cloud storage account.
There have been some dramatic upgrades in this version. They include:
- Improved user interface.
- 2 GB of cloud storage for deploying packaged applications to managed PCs remotely.
- An improved dashboard for hardware reporting.
- A third party license manager which also handles Microsoft’s volume licenses, support for image deployment, and more.
Security is also well addressed in this version. New features regarding maintaining security are:
- Running full scan on client computer.
- Running malware scans.
- Update malware definitions, which instructs the client software on the managed PC to check for the latest Windows Intune malware definitions.
“Our vision for Windows Intune is big – we want to take the best of the capabilities delivered through our on-premises solutions (like System Center Configuration Manager with Forefront Endpoint Protection, System Center Essentials, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and Windows Enterprise management and security features) and enable them through the cloud. Eventually, Windows Intune will deliver more management capabilities than the on-premises solutions but with less cost and higher productivity,” Eric Main said in the Windows Team blog.
Current Windows Intune customers will be automatically upgraded “in the few weeks following October 17,” with no action required by customers, according to Microsoft officials. Current Intune users will see an alert displayed in the Windows Intune administration console, indicating the exact date and time when Intune will be updated. Those beta testing Intune 2.0 will see the beta close on November 17.
Microsoft also plans to integrate Windows Intune with Office 365 so that IT pros can use Intune to deploy Office in the cloud. But now, that integration is not in place for Windows Intune 2.0.
Windows Intune Pricing
Subscription per PC is at $11, which includes cloud services and upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise.
Windows Intune Download
You can download Windows Intune from here.
Windows Intune Guides
These resources may also interest you:
- Windows Intune Product Guide
- Windows Intune Tips and Tricks Guide
- New features in Windows Intune
- Windows Intune Getting Started Guide
- Manage Windows Phone 8 with Windows Intune
- Windows Intune Tutorials.