Microsoft Rolling Out Next Windows Intune Release On October 17

A new version of Microsoft's PC security and management service, Windows Intune, is coming out on October 17, according to a new post on the Windows for Your Business blog on September 6.How do you get this next release?"Current Windows Intune customers will be automatically upgraded "in the few weeks following October 17," with no […]

A new version of Microsoft's PC security and management service, Windows Intune, is coming out on October 17, according to a new post on the Windows for Your Business blog on September 6.

How do you get this next release?

"Current Windows Intune customers will be automatically upgraded "in the few weeks following October 17," with no action required by customers, according to Microsoft officials. "Two weeks prior to your upgrade date, you'll see an alert displayed in the Windows Intune administration console indicating the exact date and time when your subscription will be upgraded,"" in a blog post said.

"New customers can sign up on October 17 to receive the 2.0 version immediately."

And, those beta testing Intune 2.0 will see the beta close on November 17. "After this date, you will not be able to access your beta account and all account data will be deleted. We highly recommend that you remove the client software and restore computers to their pre-beta state," Microsoft officials said.

Windows Intune 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).

Here is a quick reminder of some of the features included in the next version:

  • Software Distribution: With this release, administrators can deploy most Microsoft and third-party updates or applications to PCs nearly anywhere over the Internet.
  • Remote Tasks:IT can remotely perform the following tasks on Windows Intune managed PCs from the administration console: Full scan, Quick scan, Update Malware Definition, and Restart.
  • Read-Only Access: IT pros and partners can give select administrators read-only access to the administration console so they can view PC information as needed, but not perform any configuration tasks.
  • Enhanced Reporting: Create hardware reports based on new hardware filters for common hardware characteristics. Additionally, you can now create and save report parameters to make it easy and efficient to run a report again in the future.