At MMS 2011, Microsoft is making one of its new hybrid cloud/on-premise products Windows Intune is now commercially available as of March 23.
Windows Intune is a PC security and management service that also includes Windows 7 Enterprise client software as part of the bundle. The Windows and Windows management tools run on users' PCs and are supplemented by a cloud management and security service.
"Subscriptions to Windows Intune are available now for purchase in 35 countries, or users can "try before they buy" with a free 30-day trial, he said. Paying Windows Intune customers also receive upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise and future versions of Windows, ultimately giving PC users the best productivity experience with their Windows PC and helping IT lower support costs by standardizing on a single version of Windows. Subscribers also have the option of adding MDOP tools, which'll include two new updates: BitLocker Administration and Monitoring, and Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset."
The inclusion of the Windows 7 IT features makes Intune "a very compelling package," Rich Reynolds said.
From a single console, Intune cloud service lets an IT manager see across all of the PCs they manage, including being able to manage updates on PCs, track what software and hardware users have installed, and provide remote assistance. It also includes endpoint protection based on Microsoft Forefront technologies.
Once IT employees sign up all the PCs in their environment, they can "drill down, and if needed, take action so that everybody's up-to-date and highly secure" regardless of whether they're connected to the corporate network or just the Internet, Reynolds said.
Windows Intune is not just for IT professionals - it also works well for companies that provide IT solutions.
Here's a handy chart that compares existing System Center products to Intune:
Customers can sign-up for their free 30-day trial of the Windows Intune cloud service. Or partners can initiate the trial version on behalf of their customers.