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User-centric overhaul underway in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft changing next version of Windows Server-based System Center Configuration Manager so instead of managing devices it’ll manage users and their activities across multiple devices. “It will focus on… providing them an appropriate profile for information access based on the job function of the user together with the device they’re using,” says Bob Muglia. Microsoft’s slated to ship Windows Server-based Configuration Manager 2007 R3 late in the first three months of 2010. Muglia says Microsoft’s gearing up to help customers through that change, although, he didn’t give details on how that might happen. But the change fits into one of Microsoft’s recent occurring themes of providing application support across phones, PCs and browsers. And it aligns with the company’s intent to provide an integration between security and identity. In the Configuration Manager case, data access policies could be paired with identity credentials and awareness of the user’s current device.

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