Windows Intune: Microsoft's cloud service for desktop management

Microsoft released the details of an upcoming online service, targeted to medium-sized businesses, for managing Windows-based computers from a web browser called “Windows Intune (formerly System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM) codenamed “Jupiter),” that simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—making it easier for IT staff to manage […]

Microsoft released the details of an upcoming online service, targeted to medium-sized businesses, for managing Windows-based computers from a web browser called “Windows Intune (formerly System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM) codenamed “Jupiter),” that simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—making it easier for IT staff to manage and secure PCs from virtually anywhere. In addition to core cloud service in this offering, we’re also providing access to Win7 Enterprise upgrades as well as advanced on-premise management and virtualization tools (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack). We’re making public beta of Windows Intune available to 1,000 customers and IT partners in US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico today. For e.g., using Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, one of MDOP tools available to download for Windows Intune customers, administrators can recover PCs and data that've become unusable. To sum it up Intune can help you start managing and protecting your PCs in a new, simple way. With no costly server set up and maintenance and simple licensing and billing – single license per PC and a predictable, monthly payment cycle – you can avoid upfront capital expenditures and complexity that comes with traditional IT solutions. The service will work with Win7 Enterprise, Ultimate and Professional; Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business; XP Professional Service Pack.

Here’s a quick overview of what customers and IT consultants can do: Manage PCs through web-based console, Manage Microsoft updates and service packs to all PCs, Protection from malware, Proactively monitor PCs, Provide remote assistance, Set security policies.

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