Microsoft announces new enterprise suite for device management

Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, today spoke about Microsoft and the cloud, the new Office package for iPad, as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). This package is largely targeted towards companies and business who manage numerous devices within a network – perfect for IT professionals and those who manage installations. 

Going with its services and devices approach, Microsoft is supporting competitor platforms as well as its own. Building on its device management services, the company aims to hit the enterprise market with tools to manage iOS, Android, Windows and Windows RT devices, applications, as well as content and data.

Microsoft EMS

EMS will enable IT divisions and administrators to create a bring your own device (BYOD) environment. Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Azure Rights Management will be packaged in the EMS. Microsoft Intune is set to support the next major upgrade to Windows Phone, 8.1 ('Blue').

Intune was presented today with a short demo by Microsoft's Julia White, showing how simple it is to migrate data across devices and manage everything in the cloud. Employees can access a company portal to view and install apps on the variety of devices, with store links to popular destinations. This is ideal as it ensures folk are downloading the correct app.

Microsoft EMS

Azure Active Directory is essentially Active Directory in the cloud. Comparing the service to the likes of Facebook, it keeps everything workplace-related together with a single login. Suspicious behavior is even monitored with alerts displayed when a user logs in from two parts of the world. 

Lastly, Azure Rights Management will help companies better protect secure data, build on BYOD solutions and perform other important tasks.

Microsoft is really pushing through in the enterprise market, not just with consumers and employees, but with businesses and IT management too. From Office on iPad to Windows Intune and Azure Active Directory, it's looking like a stronger, more integrated solution for business.

We're certainly seeing a new Microsoft. Time will tell whether this new approach will pay off for Redmond for the future.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Nice release..
  • Thanks, Microsoft - says Apple. Office for iPad and EMS will help iPad to make major inroad into the enterprise market, probably at the expense of Windows tablet.  MS is putting the final nail on the RT tablet coffin.  That's their choice to sell more Office suites by risking the sales of Windows tablet.  iPad looks much more attractive to me now.  The Office for iPad is covered under my Office365 subscription.
  • She's hot.
  • She is.  lol
  • Love the focus on customers over competitors
  • I wish other companies would follow suit! Don't be evil...
  • "perfect for IT professionals and those who manage installations. ". you know who else manages installations..... Spencer Tunick
  • Come on guys this is windows phone central tell us something about it
  • +1
  • Thought this was a double post at first.
  • Can we now drop SCCM, Altiris, MOM, etc.?
  • Where can I watch this video?
  • Thank you
  • Nice. Azure AD is huge.
  • Still waiting for the WiFi fix so I can connect my 920 to the enterprise.  
  • Me too.  I could connect fine until last spring sometime.  My old WP7 device still works however.
  • Aye, so Office is now available for iOS? Microsoft is making me hard to decide to buy an Windows RT Tablet (mostly because I own an iPad 1st Gen, and I've purchased more than $200 worth of apps and music)
  • Honestly, if you subscribe to Office 365, I don't think they care what device or OS you use.  
  • Free version on iPad only allows to view the documents. For editing/creating you need Office365. You can create documents using Office Online (or by going to OneDrive). Just need to bookmark that site in Safari/Chrome. Then view the document on Word for iPad..  A roundabout way if you don't want O365 subscription.
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  • Table
  • Does AAD replace ADFS?
  • This is a good product for Windows Phone, since most other device management systems ignore WP, and ms is strong in the enterprise. Could put WP on the list in many corporations.
  • Go Microsoft. The business solutions are the way to go. The cross platform solutions are the best approach as everyone has their reasons to prefer one over another. This allows businesses to give that freedom to their employees to choose their prefered device, while still keeping them productive.