Microsoft Intune goes live

After a yearlong beta, Microsoft's Intune hosted desktop management service is now fully operational

After a yearlong beta program, the Windows Intune hosted desktop management service is going live, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Designed for organizations with limited IT help, Intune is a Microsoft-hosted service that monitors and updates Windows 7-based desktop and laptop computers.

"Intune enables customers to create a well-managed desktop environment for themselves," said Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft general manager of Windows product management. "Customers don't have to have any servers on premise at all, and can get out of managing physical assets."

Intune is one of a growing number of online, or cloud, services that Microsoft is offering for enterprises. Others include the Azure computing platform, the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange.

"Our goal is to take all of our on-premise offerings and move them into the cloud," Schuster said.

Over time, Intune will offer all of Microsoft's IT management software, such as System Center and Service Manager, as a service."Three or four years from now, even our largest enterprise customers may move to Intune," she said.

Microsoft starts Intune pricing at US$11 per seat per month, and charges $1 per PC more for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), a set of on-premise diagnostic tools.

The company is offering a 30-day trial of the service. While availability is not worldwide, the service will be offered in 35 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

With the service, the customer is provided with an Internet-accessible console, from which all of an organization's computers can be managed. From this console, an administrator can apply Windows updates and patches, monitor PCs, manage security, keep inventory of PCs and remotely administer an ailing PC. Microsoft will queue the updates, as well as manage all the back-end server software needed for administration duties.

On average, a small business using Intune to manage their PCs can save about $702 per PC per year, according to an IDC report completed for Microsoft. All the savings come from reduced labor costs of fixing, managing and updating PCs on a one-by-one basis.

Beta testers of Windows Intune can continue using the service until April 18.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftservicesHostedComputing services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?