What Is Microsoft Intune? The Power of Device Management

May 9, 2024 | Microsoft 365

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, managing devices across various platforms and locations presents significant challenges for businesses seeking to maintain control, security, and efficiency.

That’s where Microsoft Intune comes in, offering a comprehensive suite of tools and capabilities to streamline device management processes.

But what exactly is Intune, and how does it revolutionise device management for businesses?

Let’s take a closer look.

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What is Intune used for?

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM).

In simpler terms, it allows organisations to securely manage and control devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers, along with the apps installed on them.

With Intune, businesses can enforce security policies, manage access to corporate data, distribute apps, and ensure compliance across all managed devices.

This means they can maintain control and protect sensitive information, even when employees are working remotely or using their own devices (known as BYOD – Bring Your Own Device).

How does Intune work?

Intune works by connecting devices to the cloud and applying policies that define how those devices can be used and what data they can access.

Administrators can set up rules such as requiring a PIN or fingerprint to unlock a device, encrypting data stored on the device, and restricting access to certain apps or websites.

One of the key features of Intune is its ability to integrate with other Microsoft services like Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Microsoft Endpoint Manager, formerly known as System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

This integration allows for seamless management of devices and users across the entire Microsoft ecosystem.

Is Intune part of Office 365?

Yes, Intune is included as part of certain Microsoft 365 subscriptions, specifically those that include Microsoft 365 Business and Enterprise plans.

This means that businesses already using Microsoft 365 have access to Intune as part of their subscription, making it easy to implement and manage device security alongside their other productivity and collaboration tools.

Does Intune work with Apple devices?

Absolutely – we work with a number of clients using Apple devices (and some with a mix of both Apple and Microsoft!).

Microsoft Intune is platform-agnostic, meaning it works across a variety of devices and operating systems, including those running iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system). Whether it’s iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, or iMacs, Intune provides the same level of management and security as it does for Windows and Android devices.

In fact, Intune offers deep integration with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program (VPP), making it simple to enroll and manage large fleets of Apple devices in an enterprise environment.

Modern enterprises

Microsoft Intune emerges as a powerful solution empowering businesses to securely manage and control their devices and apps, irrespective of platform or location.

Leveraging Intune’s capabilities enables organisations to bolster security, enhance productivity, and seamlessly adapt to the demands of contemporary work environments.

Ready to optimise your device management and elevate your business operations?

Contact Jinba IT today to discover how Microsoft Intune can revolutionise your organisation’s approach to device management.

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