The February update for Microsoft Intune just got announced on the Microsoft Intune blog. It will be released between February 6th (today!) and February 11th. You can check the status page for more specific timeframes here.
This update will include the following new features for Intune standalone:
- Management of Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for Android devices, including ability to restrict actions such as copy, cut, and paste outside of the managed app ecosystem.
- Management of the OneNote app for iOS devices.
- Ability to browse and install apps on Windows Phone 8.1 devices using Intune Company Portal website.
- Deployment of WiFi profiles for Windows devices using XML import and Windows Phone devices using OMA-URI.
- Support for Cisco AnyConnect per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices.
- Ability to require encryption on Windows 8.1 (x86) devices.
- Ability to set minimum classification of platform updates to be installed automatically on Windows 8.1 (x86) devices.
As part of the announcement Microsoft is also mentioning a more frequent release cadence: in the future they will be releasing new features to Intune on a monthly basis.
Have a nice weekend!
On Monday Brad Anderson has announced that a new set of updates was coming to Microsoft Intune this week. Brad described this release as the most significant set of updates in the history of the product.
This is the summary of the new capabilities that Brad provided in his blog post:
- Mobile Application Management: introducing containers to separate corporate data and application from personal data and applications.
- Conditional Access to Exchange Online: allowing to restrict access to Exchange online only to devices that are enrolled for management and are meeting the compliance policies defined by the IT administrators.
- Deep Management of the Office Mobile Apps on iOS and Android and restricting copy/paste possibilities and save locations.
- Managed Browser and Managed PDF View, AV Player and Image Viewer apps. Full details on this capability and some scenarios are outlined in this earlier blog post by Brad.
- Bulk enrollment of iOS devices using Apple Configurator: through integration with Apple Configurator bulk enrollment of devices is now supported. This also enables the use of configuration files that can be imported into Intune to set custom iOS policies
This service update is being rolled out at this very moment; between December 9th and December 12th. To see when tenants will be updated customers can have a look at the Intune Service Dashboard.
As this is currently only applicable to Intune Standalone the next logical question would be if / when we will see these features for UDM implementations (integrating Configuration Manager with Intune). That question remains unanswered for now but based on this post on the Microsoft Intune blog we can assume these will be made available shortly.