Windows Intune Licensing Changes Announced

Bryan Von Axelson 2010

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On September 10th, 2012 Microsoft previewed the roadmap for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console SP1 and Windows Intune.  This is extremely useful with Windows 8, Windows RT devices, and Windows Phone 8 coming soon, as you look at the new client management capabilities and vision we’ll be delivering in the coming months.  I will cover the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 updates in my next blog, but wanted to quickly highlight some specific upcoming  licensing changes, one of which many partners have been asking for.

Windows Intune Licensing Changes
To help organizations benefit from our Windows Intune and Configuration Manager SP1 solution for BYOD and other device management scenarios, we are changing our licensing for Windows Intune in the next release:

  • We are shifting from a per-device to a per-user licensing model.  Each user license for Windows Intune covers up to 5 managed devices.
  • There will be a Windows Intune user license that includes the rights to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, enabling organizations to manage those devices through either Windows Intune or Configuration Manager, or both.
  • Organizations that already own System Center 2012 Configuration Manager licenses, such as through the Core CAL, will have access to Windows Intune at a reduced price.
  • Today, all managed PCs covered by a Windows Intune license may be upgraded to Windows Enterprise as long as the qualifying OS is one of the following editions of Windows: Business, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise. This will continue to be available, but we will also make a version of Windows Intune available without rights to Windows Enterprise, thereby lowering the cost for organizations that are not ready to move to the latest operating system.

Further details on pricing will be provide at a later date.

For more information check out the announcement on the Server and Cloud Blog -



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