SneakPreview: “Microsoft is closing the gap for enterprise Mobile Device Management”. Product comparison shortly available…

Soon you can expect a product comparison of Microsoft Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution based on the recent announced System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 and the 5th generation of Windows Intune (wave E).

Recently Gartner published the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management where Microsoft was missing as enterprise Mobile Device Management vendor. That makes me wondering why? Whether justified or not is subordinate! What matters is what Microsoft offers right now with Unified Mobile Device Management (UDM). That was the trigger…

Herewith a short impression …

With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune (wave E) Microsoft offers a mature Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution which it emphatically (re)positions itself in the market of enterprise device management software. Various publications including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (May 2013) shows that Microsoft plays no significant role in the market of enterprise mobile device management software.

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Figure 1Gartners Magic Quadrant for MDM software.

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5 Beta Now Available

This week the Solution Accelerator Team announced the Beta version of Microsoft Assessment and Planning 8.5 (MAP) Toolkit. This new version of the Microsoft® Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit provides agentless discovery, inventory and assessment for a variety of scenarios. Some of the key features in this release are:

  • Newly designed user interface makes it easier to find and use the right tool for the job.
  • Added support for Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Exchange 2013 Usage Tracking.
  • Advances in Virtual Machine Discovery to improve VM inventory results.
  • New Windows Volume Licensing scenario helps identify the licensing status of computers running Windows Vista SP1 or newer.

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This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.5 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Windows Server, Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange.

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Volume Licensing reference guide for Windows 8 and Windows RT

A must read for who want understand the license model of Windows 8. Which version of Windows 8 addresses my organization needs? Do I need additional licenses for my Windows To Go devices? What about Virtual Desktop Access (VDA). How to deal with licensing in BYOD scenarios using Windows Companion Subscription Licenses (CSL). And what is the impact upgrading from Windows 7?

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This document provides an overview of the products available through Volume Licensing, information about the products that are eligible for upgrades and the key choices you have for utilizing Windows in your organization.

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The Windows 8 / Windows RT Volume Licensing reference guide can be downloaded here.

Brief overview of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0

Recently the Solution Accelerator Team released the RTM version of Microsoft Assessment and Planning 8.0 (MAP) Toolkit. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations—including Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2010 and Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, Hyper-V, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, and Windows Azure.

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