Microsoft today announced that Windows Intune cloud-management service will be available for trial or purchase on March 23 in 35 countries, at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas.
"Windows Intune (codenamed "Florida") is the successor to the never-released Microsoft project formerly known as System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM). Microsoft launched the initial beta, targeting 1,000 mid-size customers and partners, in April 2010.
The service is meant to appeal to users who don't want to sign up for the company's Software Assurance annuity-licensing plan.
Windows Intune's goal is to provide IT professionals with a way to manage and secure PCs from anywhere. There are two components to Windows Intune: On-premises Windows and Windows management tools, plus an online management and security service."
Microsoft execs have said Intune will cost $11 per seat, per month, which includes the management service, as well as Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade rights. For $1 per user per month more, Microsoft will also provide the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack of on-premises tools as part of the bundle.
Beta testers currently using the second beta of Windows Intune can continue using the beta until April 18.