What’s new in Microsoft Intune Service Update – May 2015

Latest-UpdatesToday the Microsoft Intune product team announced next set of Intune features that will be released between May 19 and May 26.  With this monthly release cadence, Microsoft continue to focus on providing customers with best-in-class experiences that help keep users productive while protecting company’s sensitive data. You can expect to see the following new Intune standalone (cloud only) features in this release:

  • Ability to extend application protection to your existing line-of-business apps using the Intune App Wrapping Tool for Android (Intune App Wrapping Tool for iOS made available in December 2014)
  • Ability to assign help desk permissions to Intune admins, filtering their view of the Intune admin console to only provide access to perform remote tasks (e.g. passcode reset and remote lock)
  • RSS feed notification option added for Intune admin to subscribe to be alerted when new Intune service notifications are available for their service instance
  • Improved end user experience in the Intune Company Portal app for iOS with step-by-step guidance added on how to access corporate email by enrolling for management and validating device compliance
  • Updated Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 to provide enhanced status notifications for app installations
  • New custom policy template for managing new Windows 10 features using OMA-URI
  • New per-platform mobile device security policy templates for Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone, in addition to new Exchange ActiveSync policy template
  • Ability to deploy Google Play store apps that are required/mandatory to install on Android devices

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Mobile Device Management not available in your Office 365 subscription!?

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In case you want to play around and do some hands-on with Mobile Device Management in Office 365 but you couldn’t find it!

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While Mobile Device Management (MDM) for Office 365 has been officially announced we are still in the process of rolling it out to Office 365 customers over the next 4 to 6 weeks (Starting from 3/30/2015). We don’t currently have exact dates for when it will be available for your subscription. Continue reading

ICYMI: 50 Enterprise Mobility tips you should consider!

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Last weekend Rob Tiffany announced a fun but just as usefully 50 enterprise mobility tips twitter live stream. If you’re doubting how to address Enterprise Mobility in your company, these 50 pointers should give you a good start to feel comfortable and start embrace Enterprise Mobility.

I’ve tried hard to create my favorite top 5 Enterprise Mobility tips – but I didn’t make it…

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Intune Extensions install process improved /w April Service Update

Last week Microsoft updated their Intune cloud services with the April service update. This April service update (5.0.5118.0) introduces a lot of new features which were recently announced by the Microsoft Intune team. More details on this can be found here.

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Most of you are familiar with the fact it can take up to 24-hours until the Intune extensions finally comes down in your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance. Initially there is no method for forcing the extensions to come down. Especially working with customers engagements (proof of concepts) it is very annoying to have to wait a day before you can enable these extensions.

The Microsoft Intune Product Team did a great job to speed up this process, which comes with the April update. The time it takes when Intune extensions comes down into your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance is significantly improved. By shorten the interval at the backend new tenants should be able to see extensions within 10 mins after connector role has been setup successfully. For the extensions published after installation, it is up to 6 hours.

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Becoming a Microsoft MVP on April 1st…too good to be true!?

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Becoming a Microsoft MVP on April 1st gives an extra dimension – is it a bad April fool or is it reality! Well I can tell you – lucky me – it isn’t a bad joke. Once registered the MVP Award program I knew it for sure. I’m really excited and grateful becoming an Microsoft MVP. To me it’s a confirmation to continue sharing knowledge and being dedicated to the community.

I like to use the opportunity to thank a number of people which are important to me achieving this great milestone. First of all my wife who is supporting me despite the many evenings spend with my laptop on the sofa – I will amend my life sweetheart Winking smile  Further I want to express my gratitude to Pieter Wiglevens, Rob Tiffany and Maarten Goet providing guidance and supporting me.

 

Best Regards,

Ronny

Deploy *.appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 with the upcoming Microsoft Intune March service update

The Microsoft Intune Team announced the next service update for Microsoft Intune will become available between March 4, 2015 and March 7, 2015.

With notable attention with the new service update you’re able to deploy *.appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The *.appx extension – aka as Metro App – is normally only available for the Windows 8.1 platform. By enabling *.appx support for Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft is taking the next step into the universal app erea.

New Intune standalone (cloud only) features that will be released as part of this service update include:

  • Ability to streamline the enrollment of iOS devices purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller with the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices, whether purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers
  • Ability to restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to deploy .appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict the number of devices a user can enroll in Intune

Further, as part of this service update, we Microsoft will be providing hybrid customers with the ability to create custom WiFi profiles with pre-shared keys (PSK) for Android devices. This will be expected to be alvailable in the next service update for Intune standalone (cloud only).

For more detailed information see the Microsoft Intune Team Blog