Microsoft Intune, a key product in Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite, is a Cloud-based Mobile device management service.  Intune is used to manage mobile devices, personal computers, mobile applications, to secure company data, control access and to ensure the devices and applications are compliant with security protocols.

It also allows conditional access which includes denial of access to devices not managed by Intune.

“Through Intune’s console, IT administrators can execute a UEM strategy where end users can be onboarded through any hardware platform, and rules can be applied governing which applications and what data they can access,” says Lucas Mearian Senior reporter at Computerworld

Which Platforms are Supported by Microsoft Intune?

“Intune provides mobile device and application management across popular platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. When Intune is connected with System Center Configuration Manager in a hybrid configuration, you can also manage Macs, Unix and Linux servers, and Windows Server machines from a single management console.”

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Intune: Key Features

Device Management:

Intune’s key function is managing mobile devices and personal computers used by a workforce. With Intune, enterprises can enroll devices and keep an inventory of devices of that’s accessing corporate services, configure devices to meet internal security standards, provide access certificates, monitor device compliance and delete data from managed devices when required.

App Management:

Intune can also be used for mobile app management (MAM). It includes tasks like, assigning mobile applications to employees, app configuration, set data usage and sharing protocols, update applications, tracking application usage and to remove data from the application when necessary.

Security:

Intune offers app security features such as isolating personal information from corporate data, restrict common user behaviors like cut, copy, paste, save and view, and to perform selective wipe or corporate wipe (partial or complete data wipe).

Intune Pricing:

Though Microsoft offers Enterprise Mobility + Security as a suite, certain products can be purchased individually. Microsoft allows direct purchase of Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, and Intune.

Intune, offered as a cloud-based subscription service costs $6 per month per user. The pricing is certainly on the higher side as customers can buy the Enterprise Mobility + Security E3 suite for $8.74 per month per user and Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 costs $14.80 per user per month

As a subscription service, Intune charges companies on a per user/per month basis. It can be purchased as a stand-alone product for $6 per seat or for $8.74 per seat as part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, which includes the Azure Active Directory, Azure Rights Management Services, and Advanced Threat Analytics.