Microsoft has introduced a cloud-based service designed to simplify the remote management of desktop PCs.
According to MS spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc, Intune is targeted at mid-size companies which lack the resources or budget to setup and maintain an on-premise desktop management infrastructure.
"They’ve been coming to us asking for a solution that will meet their specific needs. They are doing this because it gives them new IT capabilities with lower upfront investment and without the restrictions of traditional on-premise infrastructure," explained LeBlanc.
"[And Intune simplifies the process via] Windows cloud services and Windows 7 — making it easier for IT staff to manage and secure PCs from virtually anywhere.”
LeBlanc noted that MS was also providing access to Windows 7 Enterprise upgrades as well as advanced on-premise management and virtualization tools (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack).
Additional key features include:
- Web-based console management.
- Update(s) deployment and management.
- Malware protection.
- Proactive monitoring of PCs.
- Remote assistance.
- Tracking hardware and software inventory.
- Setting security policies.
Although Intune is slated to be available as a subscription service, Microsoft is currently offering a beta version of the software to 1,000 customers and IT partners in the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.