Microsoft Surface Tablet

In my last post I explained BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept and related it to Microsoft Surface tablet. We also discussed that how Surface tablet can become a potential BYOD device because of its high hardware specs and its support for Windows 8 operating system. In this article I’m going to further extend this concept with the introduction of mobile device management and Microsoft’s own tool Windows Intune for controlling PCs remotely through a web browser.

Before we continue, we need to discuss what is Windows Intune so our readers can know about the subject and get better understanding of the theme of the post.

What is Windows Intune?

It is a web service through which you can control your PC. You can take a look at your PC, view available updates, set alerts and configure security settings. In order to make Windows Intune work, you need to install an Intune client application on a specific PC and after that all you need is an Internet connection and a web browser. Now you can open your web browser and through Windows web based console you can manage your PC. You can install this client application on up to 5000 PCs and you have the ability to control all these PCs with your single Windows Intune account. These figures represent scalability of the Windows Intune.

Windows Intune is present on the cloud and is always available for you at anytime from anywhere in the world. This is just like Google Docs and Office Web Apps. All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection to access these services. With Windows Intune you can also protect your PCs with Endpoint Protection from malicious software. Windows Intune can also be used along with Windows Easy Assist to provide support to the PC users. You can install Microsoft’s and third-party software on the connected PCs using Windows Intune. In conclusion you can have remote substantial control over your PC.

Microsoft Surface Tablet With Windows Intune 3.0

MS Surface tablet has very nice hardware specifications and with the Windows 8 operating system it can prove to be a device that can diminishes the line between the IT professional’s home device and work device. Surface running Windows 8 pro along with Windows Intune 3.0 can prove to be a potential BYOD device that CIOs will love to legitimize.

If Windows Intune will be capable of running on Surface tablet then it will be a big step towards Mobile Device Management. All Surface tablets remotely connected to a centralized system will be secured according to a certain organization’s policies. This will help CIOs in legitimizing Surface tablets as featured BYOD device. Mobile device management features has been recently added in the recent release of Windows Intune 3.0. It means that you will be able to control your mobile devices running Windows Phone 7+, Android 2.1+ and iOS 4.0+. Currently nothing can be said about the availability of the Windows Intune on the Surface tablet because currently Intune’s client operating system support is limited to XP, Vista and 7.