Windows Intune Overview

Windows Intune Overview

Windows Intune (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/pc-management.aspx) simplifies how businesses manage and secure their PCs with Windows Intune cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance, from virtually anywhere. With Windows Intune, whether your employees are in the office or on the road, you can give them a rich, productive Windows experience without compromising the essentials—costs, control, security and compliance.

 With the Windows Intune cloud service, IT can remotely perform security and management tasks through a single, Web-based console, helping ensure that users anywhere are working with a well-managed PC—all that’s required is an Internet connection.

With upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise and future versions of Windows included in the subscription, give your users the best Windows experience and standardize your business on the latest version of Windows, reducing management complexity.

Windows Intune fits the needs of your business by giving you big tech results with a small tech investment. Microsoft hosts and manages the infrastructure for you—alleviating the burden on your IT staff while still keeping them in control of your IT infrastructure. You get a comprehensive solution with a low up-front investment and can pay as you go to help keep your finances under control.
 
The result? Simplified management, comprehensive security, and greater productivity.
 
Windows Intune can help your business in three key areas:

  • Help manage and secure PCs anywhere.
  • The best Windows experience.
  • Fits your business.

Help manage and secure PCs anywhere 

The Windows Intune cloud service helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple Web-based console—whether your IT staff or end users are in the main office, in a branch office, or on the road. By replacing the need for multiple tools and a server-based infrastructure with this easy-to-deploy cloud service, you can:

  • Protect PCs from malware: Help protect your PCs from the latest threats with centralized endpoint protection that uses the same trusted malware protection engine used in Forefront Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Manage updates: Centrally manage the deployment of updates to Microsoft® and most third-party software publishers, keeping the applications your workers need current.
  • Distribute software: Deploy software, like Microsoft Office 2010, or many third-party applications, to PCs located nearly anywhere via the cloud.
  • Proactively monitor PCs: Receive alerts on updates and threats so that you can proactively identify and resolve problems with your PCs virtually anywhere.
  • Provide remote support: Help resolve PC issues, regardless of where you or your users are located, with remote assistance and remote tasks.
  • Track hardware and software inventory: Track hardware and software assets used in your business to efficiently manage your assets, licenses, and compliance.
  • Set security policies: Centrally manage update, firewall, and endpoint protection policies, even on remote machines outside the corporate network.
  • Manage your licenses: Manage Microsoft Volume License Agreements and other license agreements, including retail, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) licenses and third-party software licenses, to track how many licenses you’ve purchased against what you’ve installed.
  • Increase insight with reporting: Generate and save custom reports for updates, software, hardware, and licenses. Export data as a comma separated value (CSV) file and import it directly into Microsoft Excel® or other reporting tools for further analysis.

The best Windows experience

With Windows Intune, you can provide a better experience for your workforce that’s easier to manage. You can upgrade to Windows 7 Enterprise or run a prior release—it’s your choice.

  • Stay current with Windows 7 Enterprise: For the best Windows experience, upgrade your PCs to Windows 7 Enterprise, providing end users with an improved, intuitive interface and advanced search capabilities, plus BitLocker® to better protect confidential data.
  • Standardize on the Windows version you want: Get the flexibility to standardize your PC environment on a single Windows platform—Windows 7, Windows Vista®, or even Windows XP.
  • Upgrade to future versions of Windows: Windows Intune includes upgrade rights to future versions of Windows, so with an active subscription you can you can get the latest Windows experience without the worry of purchasing upgrade licenses in the future.

 

Fits your business

With Windows Intune, you get big-tech results with a small-tech investment, minimal overhead, and simple billing.

  • All-in-one solution: Windows Intune is a comprehensive, end-to-end Microsoft solution that includes PC management, endpoint protection, Windows upgrades, and more—in one easy purchase.
  • Easy to get started and to use: The Windows Intune cloud service requires no costly server setup, so you can start managing and protecting PCs right away.
  • Low overhead and maintenance: Because the Windows Intune cloud service is hosted by Microsoft, you don’t have the overhead of maintaining on-site PC management servers and software.
  • Always up-to-date: Each new release is an update that builds upon the prior version so regardless of when Windows Intune customers purchase the service, they will get the latest features available.
  • Simple billing: Windows Intune offers a predictable, monthly payment cycle that helps your business more accurately forecast expenditures.
  • Try before you buy: Try Windows Intune for 30 days with no up-front costs. You can run it concurrently withyour existing systems to evaluate it before making a decision.

 

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