Microsoft Intune Allow 'Hide or Show' Apps on Samsung Knox and iOS 9.3

Enhanced app management control for iOS 9.3 and Samsung KNOX devices part of Intune 2016 August update. New Power BI JavaScript API and Power BI Mobile apps released.

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The August 2016 update to Microsoft Intune, brings important enhancements to app management for mobile devices running iOS 9.3 and Samsung's new mobile enterprise management security layer, KNOX.

This update give mobile device managers even more control of the apps users can access on their devices, writes the team. "Unwanted applications such as those preinstalled on some devices can be a cause of concern for customers managing corporate-owned devices," the team added.

"Also, some organizations need to have specific control over which applications can be installed on their devices from public app stores."

Hidden and shown apps for iOS 9.3 (or later) in the iOS general configuration policy let you specify which "apps users can view and launch," and "which are hidden on their devices."

Both your deployed, and built-in iOS apps like Messages and Notes are configurable.

"Apps that are specified as hidden can't be viewed or launched by users. When you specify a list of apps to be shown, no other apps can be viewed or launched," the team explained.

Also, you can now deploy custom policy to allow or block apps on Samsung KNOX devices. The team explains:

Once an app is blocked, it cannot be activated or run on the device, even if it is already installed.
Specifying which apps are allowed designates which apps can be installed from the Google Play store. When a list of allowed apps is defined, no other apps can be installed from the store, team said.

Microsoft Intune-Samsung KNOX : aloowed or blocked apps Samssung KNOX feature diagram

In other news, Microsoft Power BI team has released a new JavaScript API, which provides bidirectional communication between Power BI reports and your application.

The new PowerBI JavaScript API helps you embed reports in your applications and programmatically interact with them, so that your applications and reports are more integrated.

Two of the key features with today's release include "page navigation control and more advanced report filtering." "With this new functionality your application can open reports with the correct context for your users, as well as change that context after the report has already been loaded," team said.

For example, "you could open a report to a specific customer and change that customer automatically as the user interacts with other parts of your application," expalined BI team.

With this JavaScript API you can manage reports, navigate to pages in a report, filter a report, and handle embedding events.

The following diagram shows the structure of the API:

To learn how does embedding with Power BI work, visit here.

PowerBI JavaScript API diagram

In addition, Power BI Mobile apps this month updates brings mobile-specific improvements, such as "manual refresh for Direct Query, and adding features to ensure parity across platforms."

If you are still not using Power BI Mobile, visit here and download an iOS, Android, or Windows 10 app from your favorite store.

Also, announced today is MSTest V2 Framework support for .NET Core 1.0 RTM

"MSTest V2 is now supported on .NET Core 1.0 RTM. API changes in .NET Core 1.0 leading up to RTM (see #7754), were blocking users of the MSTest V2 packages we had released for .NET Core 1.0 RC2. Not any more (see #10713), we are pleased to note," team stated.

This continues to be a preview release, and comes with following changes:

  • dotnet-test-mstest is built against .NET Core 1.0 RTM.
  • Deprecated support for netstandardapp1.5 moniker as announced here.
  • Fixes for bugs reported by you:
    • "the test suite returns an exit code of zero even when there are failing tests" (from a comment in our earlier post)"
    • "AssemblyCleanup throwing Exception in ASP.NET Core Project Targeting .NET 4.5.1" (from a comment on the forum)

mstest v2 framework support for .net core 1.o rtm