Microsoft is announcing the general availability of mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for Office 365. Customers of all Office 365 commercial plans, including Enterprise, Business, Education, and Government, can receive the built-in MDM features at no additional cost.
The news arrives a few months after Microsoft brought built-in mobile device management to Office 365 in October 2014. Now, users can manage their access to data within Office 365 across phones and tablets running on iOS, Android, or Windows.
Security plays a big role in the Office 365 MDM strategy, and Microsoft has implemented three key capabilities to help keep data secure. These include:
Employees and corporations seeking further protection may subscribe to Microsoft Intune, a component of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite, which offers additional device management capabilities for phones, PCs, and tablets. Capabilities include the option to restrict actions, such as copy and paste, to applications solely managed by Intune to enhance security of business data.
"The pivot of managing Office via Intune is a big (and really proactive) step for the industry," wrote Microsoft corporate VP Brad Anderson in a blog post. "This enables the workforce to utilize the apps they love, while preventing data leakage -- and it empowers IT teams to constantly improve and streamline the services they deliver while maintaining strict security."
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