Gartner Research

Microsoft Moves Endpoint Management to the Cloud, and Plays Catch-up on Apple and Android Support

Published: 27 November 2013

ID: G00250042

Analyst(s): Terrence Cosgrove

Summary

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Intune support iOS, Android and OSX; however, organizations must decide whether these products' limited capabilities are "good enough." IT leaders should develop mobile device management requirements before selecting a product.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The inclusion of support for non-Windows devices in Microsoft's management tools enables organizations to provide basic support for iOS, OSX and Android devices
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Mac OSX
    • MDM Commoditization Helps, but Microsoft Must Overcome Challenges
  • The combination of System Center Configuration Manager and Intune provides organizations the flexibility to manage devices from the cloud and on-premises
    • Smartphones and Tablets

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