Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based mobile device management and mobile application management solution. Available through Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Intune is part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security suite, which provides intelligent security and endpoint management.

Microsoft Intune supports laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones with the following operating systems:

What does Microsoft Intune do?

As a mobile device and application management solution, Microsoft Intune:

  • Isolates personal data from company data on BYOD technology
  • Allows admins to configure and assign device usage policies with certain commands for applications
  • Deploys the Microsoft 365 suite to enrolled devices, allowing all employees to access Microsoft’s office applications
  • Enforces compliance with data protection policies and tracks whether each device is compliant with the policies it’s been assigned
  • Configures application policies and endpoint security
  • Lists all enrolled devices 
  • Provides views of device ownership, primary user, and serial number

Enterprises use Intune for company-owned devices and personal devices. To enroll a personal device as BYOD, users need to install the Company Portal application on their device. They can download it from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Intune offers multiple ways to enroll devices, but a BYOD device will not be wiped upon enrollment, because it belongs to the employee. This necessary feature allows employees to retain all other personal data on their device.

What are the benefits of Microsoft Intune?

Intune reveals plenty of valuable information about both company devices and personal devices, including storage space, operating system version, and installed software. That allows administrators to know the device’s capacity and capabilities—for example, if they want to download more applications to a device but want to know how much more it can handle. 

Admins can remotely wipe or restart each device using Intune. If a device is reported lost or stolen, admins can protect company data by rendering the device unusable.

Intune separates personal data from company data on an employee’s personal computer or phone. Companies that employ BYOD policies avoid the costs associated with purchasing new devices for their workforce, but BYOD is also a security risk because sensitive company data resides on an outside device. The ability to contain all business applications provides better safety and flexibility for remote workers. 

Alternatives to Intune

Intune competitors and MDM providers include:

  • Jamf Pro
  • ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus
  • Citrix Endpoint Management
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Miradore
  • Rippling 
  • Hexnode UEM
Jenna Phipps
Jenna Phipps is a contributor for websites such as Webopedia.com and Enterprise Storage Forum. She writes about information technology security, networking, and data storage. Jenna lives in Nashville, TN.

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