We have a beta release of Intune, it’s a new management solution for our SMB customers.
Check out the following link for more details:
I’ve heard this was coming, but I didn’t give it much of a look until I read a few articles about it. Here’s what cnet has to say:
On Monday, the software maker is set to launch a beta for Windows Intune, a service that uses the cloud to offer management, patching, and antivirus capabilities for a company’s PCs. When it launches in final form, the Intune service will also include upgrade rights for a company to move its PCs to the enterprise edition of Windows 7. It will also include the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, a collection of asset management, virtualization, and other services that typically are only available for large businesses that have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft.
To me, this looks like a great way to easily get our customers focused back on running their business, not running IT.
I checked out our FAQ section here:
I loved this question and answer:
What makes Windows Intune unique?
It’s a powerful combination of cloud services, Windows upgrade licensing, and advanced on-site tools—all rolled into a single subscription:
- Windows Intune delivers cloud-based management and security capabilities that are administered through a simple Web-based console. Windows Intune enables IT to manage PCs from virtually anywhere.
- With the Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade included in the subscription, you can give your end users the best Windows experience and standardize all PCs managed by Windows Intune on a single version of Windows.
- You also get advanced tools for troubleshooting, security policy configuration, and virtualization that you can download and run in your environment.
That’s right, Windows 7 Enterprise and virtualization included with Intune!
So how can you give it a look? Well;
When will Windows Intune be available?
On April 19, 2010, we announced a limited beta for up to 1,000 customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico:
- Customers in these regions will be able to sign up for the beta until May 16, 2010.
- The final Windows Intune product will be commercially available within one year of the beta.
The biggest question, is:
How can I sign up for a beta?
You can sign up for the Windows Intune cloud service beta online at www.microsoft.com/online/windows-intune.mspx. This is a limited beta for up to 1,000 customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Customers in these regions will be able to sign up for the beta until May 16, 2010—or until all 1,000 beta openings have been filled.
Please give this a look and let me know if you have any questions.
Until next time,