Whats new in Windows Intune Oct 18 2013 Release

Check out Microsoft’s blog on the new feature’s supported by Windows intune which is due to be released on the 18th of Oct 2013 with MS Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows 8.1 .

Please see the following link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/archive/2013/09/10/intune-service-upgrade.aspx

Summary of the blog post:

What’s New?

As with most upgrades, a number of features are being added along with general improvements to the overall service and experience. This is not an exhaustive list but we want to a highlight a few key items based on feedback from our customers:

  1. Support for Windows 8.1 enrollment
    This functionality will allow for 8.1 clients to enroll via the Windows Intune client software (Enrollment Package), as well as the OMA-DM agent.
  2. Ungrouped Devices Group added back to identify newly enrolled machines
    With the January 2013 release of Windows Intune, the ‘Ungrouped Devices’ group was changed and no longer functioned as it had previously. This created a lot of confusion and hardship for our customers as they were no longer able to easily identify newly enrolled machines to the service. We are bringing this group and its functionality back.
  3. New Agent Policy Settings
    Two new agent policy settings. Here’s a brief description of each:
  • Windows Intune client agent mandatory updates installation schedule
    Currently, client agent updates can’t be controlled as they flow down to all machines shortly after being released through the service. This creates a poor user experience as most agent updates can require reboots. This new policy gives the IT Pro the ability to control when mandatory updates are installed on devices across their environment.
  • Install Endpoint Protection
    This policy gives finer control to IT Pro’s that wish to use, or not use, the Windows Intune Endpoint Protection client on their devices. Currently, when selecting “No”, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection will still be installed if a 3rd party AV/AM solution is not detected.  After it’s installed, Intune Endpoint Protection will be disabled. This new setting prevents Intune Endpoint Protection from installing when the option is set to ”No”.

If you connect your Windows Intune subscription to the release of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager on October 18th, you will be able to provide unified device management capabilities across your PC’s as well as mobile devices, both from the cloud and on-premises, all from the single Configuration Manager console and infrastructure. Be sure to download the evaluation of Configuration Manager preview today!

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