Windows Intune 2.0 Planned to Release Next Week At WPC 2011

Microsoft is ready to take the wraps off a beta of the next release of its Windows Intune PC management service, next week during Worldwide Partner Conference.So what's coming in Intune V2? One of my contacts said third-party patch support will be part of the new version."There will no longer be just Windows Patch support […]

Microsoft is ready to take the wraps off a beta of the next release of its Windows Intune PC management service, next week during Worldwide Partner Conference.

So what's coming in Intune V2? One of my contacts said third-party patch support will be part of the new version.

"There will no longer be just Windows Patch support which is what the current version has," said my contact, who asked to remain anonymous.

Microsoft also is looking at how to add mobile support to Windows Intune, and that V2 will include any mobile-management/security capabilities.

Windows Intune currently version 1 was released in March this year, and is one of Microsoft's cloud services that provides IT pros with PC management and security for $11 per seat per month. There are two components to Windows Intune 1.0 (which was codenamed "Florida"): On-premises Windows and Windows management tools, plus an online management and security service. Windows Intune evolved from a Microsoft project known as System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM).

Microsoft has been seeking customer input on what IT managers with more than 5,000 PCs would like to see in future versions of Windows Intune. The Softies have been looking for companies "that may be involved in activities that include keeping PCs secure and up to date, distributing software applications, managing mobile devices, performing data backup and restore, and monitoring PC health, to name a few."

[Via: All About Micorsoft]