The theme of this year's TechEd Europe in Berlin, Germany is Microsoft's cloud strategy with lots of sessions on cloud such as Office 365, Windows Azure, and Windows Intune.
In the keynote, Brad Anderson talks about how many customers are turning to cloud to address their needs because it gives them new IT capabilities with lower upfront investment. Brad mentioned, this first version of Intune, is designed for customers of all sizes -- from small to enterprise size businesses - who want simple PC management and who don't already have a management infrastructure in place.
By using Intune, these companies are able to deliver PC management including updates, inventory and malware protection through cloud. Longer term, Intune will integrate and deliver similarly rich functionality as on-premises products such as System Center Configuration Manager, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. And, as a cloud service, Intune will refresh on a more frequent release cycle enabling new capabilities to be delivered to customers sooner.
In addition, those already have an on-premises solution, there may be some hard-to-reach PCs in your organization where Intune can help. Some examples include non-domain joined PCs, remote PCs, field employees who're on the road all the time, or integrating companies you may have recently acquired and are looking to manage immediately. With Intune, you can quickly get these PCs managed and protected as long as they just have an Internet connection.