Microsoft launched in March its cloud-based service InTune, which affords admins a central Web-based console to manage and secure end-user PCs. Today, the software giant has a new InTune release up its sleeve that will deliver a number of new mobile device management capabilities to help enterprises keep tabs on tablets and smartphones as well.
Microsoft said the April 2012 pre-release version of the new InTune includes functionality for defining mobile access rules, securing device-hosted corporate data, and wiping data from lost or stolen devices. Admins will also be able to use InTune both to define which mobile devices can access the Microsoft Exchange Server and to deploy line-of-business apps.
The next-gen version of InTune will provide support for Windows Phone 7, iOS, and Android devices. Microsoft hasn’t specified a release date yet.