Microsoft Debuts Intune Cloud Computing Console

Intune's Web-based console allows IT managers to administer PCs from their browser.

Unveiled at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, the cloud-based online system management tool Intune has been in beta testing since last April. Stuart Johnston reports.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Intune was intended to give small and medium-sized companies access to enterprise-class system management tools via the cloud, and with an attractive price tag.

Intune provides a Web-based management console, enabling IT managers to administer PCs from a browser interface. The service is designed to provide a cloud-based, all-in-one solution covering anti-malware, update management, software and hardware inventory and remote assistance technology, the company said.

"Windows Intune is a cloud-based PC management and security solution that will help you manage and secure PCs from virtually anywhere -- all you need is an internet connection," Gavriella Schuster, general manager for Windows product management, told

The cost for a standalone Intune subscription is $11 per user per month, Schuster said.

After starting out with 1,000 customers testing the first Intune beta in July, Microsoft relaxed the limits to allow another 10,000 testers to participate.

Also Wednesday, Microsoft will begin beta testing one updated component of its popular Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), an optional bundle that provides administrative tools, including virtualization technologies. Additionally, in early April, a second component will also ship.

Read the rest about the Intune cloud computing tool at InternetNews.

Tags: cloud computing, Microsoft, IT manager, web-based apps, Intune

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