Plan for Change: Use Intune on Azure now for your MDM management


We’ve heard from several customers that you’d like a bit longer before we transition from Silverlight to Intune in the Azure portal. We know it takes time to train your IT staff and update documentation. Therefore, we’ll push out this change until August 31st. If you’ve already made the admin portal transition, thank you. If you are using hybrid or using the full PC agent for Intune – this change won’t affect you as you’ll continue to have access to Silverlight.

 

Please note: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 management with the full PC agent will remain in the Silverlight console. Windows 10 management through the MDM channel will stay in Intune in the Azure portal. This is detailed below.

Over a year ago, we announced public preview of Intune on Azure and followed up six months ago with general availability of the new admin experience for Intune on Azure. Starting on August 31, 2018, we will turn off mobile device management (MDM) in the classic Silverlight console for those customers using Intune standalone and instead ask that you use Intune on Azure for all your MDM needs.

Most standalone customers are already using Intune on Azure. From scalability improvements to optimizations across EMS workflows, Intune on Azure provides a more integrated, streamlined admin experience for your modern management needs. If you are a standalone Intune customer still using the classic Silverlight console for MDM, please stop and familiarize yourself with Intune on Azure. We do not expect any end user impact with this change.

Remember, a few things are different by design between the new and the old consoles. While these differences have been documented, just raising the frequently asked support questions in this post.

You may want to let your helpdesk know about this change. Intune classic MDM documentation for standalone Intune customers found on docs.microsoft.com will be retired to avoid confusing guidance.

For new features and other service updates:

  • View What’s New for a summary of weekly service updates.
  • Sign up for weekly email digests! Since Intune service change messages are over in the Office Admin console, to make it easy for you, just login to https://portal.office.com with your admin credentials and do a one-time sign up for the weekly digests. That way you can get summaries of all the changes sent weekly via email even if you are not frequently in the admin console. Note though, you will need to also have an Exchange subscription to receive these emails.
  • Let us know if you don’t see a feature you want (or vote up) the item in Microsoft Intune UserVoice.

This post has been updated:

  • 3/6/18 with a new date for Silverlight
  • Updated 1/26/18 with a PC management clarification
  • 1/4/18 & 1/8/18 with hybrid clarifications

Comments (4)

  1. Kazzan says:

    Hi, good news. Is there also a timeline for Hybrid Customers for the transition?

    1. Hi, Kazzan – No timeline details available today. Please continue using Silverlight for your Android for Work (also known as Android Enterprise) and Mobile Threat Defense onboarding.

  2. Pat Beautz says:

    We have a large number of windows 7 laptops that are managed using the classic Intune MDM and standalone Intune client. Recently we’ve been rolling out new windows 10 laptops using the new Azure Intune MDM. My questions are:
    – Can windows 7 devices be managed in the new Azure Intune MDM yet?
    – If not, do we continue to manage our windows 7 devices in the classic portal even past April 2?

    1. Hi, Pat! Thank you for your questions. Yes, you’ll continue to manage Windows 7 devices in the Silverlight portal past April 2. As you noted, your Windows 10 MDM-managed devices will be managed through Intune on Azure. Windows 10 as an operating system added in a number of MDM management features that allows us to use the MDM channel for PC management. Unfortunately, Windows 7 (and 8) did not include these MDM features, hence the need for a classic PC agent.

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