Public preview of the new Intune admin experience on Azure

Introduction

In early calendar year 2017  Microsoft will be migrating their full admin experience onto Azure, allowing for powerful and integrated management of core EMS workflows on a modern service platform that’s extensible using Graph APIs.

New trial tenants will start to see the public preview of the new admin experience in the Azure portal this month. While in preview state, capabilities and parity with the existing Intune console will be delivered iteratively.

The admin experience in the Azure portal will use the already announced new grouping and targeting functionality; when your existing tenant is migrated to the new grouping experience you will also be migrated to preview the new admin experience on your tenant. In the meantime, if you want to test or look at any of the new functionality until your tenant is migrated, sign up for a new Intune trial account or take a look at the new documentation.

If you have any questions about the timeline for your tenant’s migration, contact your migration team at intunegrps@microsoft.com.

Telecom expense management integration in public preview of Azure portal

Microsoft are now beginning to preview integration with third-party telecom expense management (TEM) services within the Azure portal. You can use Intune to enforce limits on domestic and roaming data usage. We are beginning these integrations with Saaswedo.

New Capabilities

Multi-factor authentication across all platforms

You can now enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) on a selected group of users when they enroll an iOS, Android, Windows 8.1+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ device from the Azure Management Portal by configuring MFA on the Microsoft Intune Enrollment application in Azure Active Directory.

Ability to restrict mobile device enrollment

Intune is adding new enrollment restrictions that control which mobile device platforms are allowed to enroll. Intune separates mobile device platforms as iOS, macOS, Android, Windows and Windows Mobile.

  • Restricting mobile device enrollment does not restrict PC client enrollment.
  • For iOS only, there is one additional option to block the enrollment of personally owned devices.

Intune marks all new devices as personal unless the IT admin takes action to mark them as corporate owned, as explained in this article.

Notices

Multi-Factor Authentication on Enrollment moving to the Azure portal

Previously, admins would go to either the Intune console or the Configuration Manager (earlier than release October 2016) console to set MFA for Intune enrollments. With this updated feature, you will now login to the Microsoft Azure portal using your Intune credentials and configure MFA settings through Azure AD. Learn more about this here.

Company Portal app for Android now available in China

We are publishing the Company Portal app for Android for download in China. Due to the absence of Google Play Store in China, Android devices must obtain apps from Chinese app marketplaces. The Company Portal app for Android will be available for download on the following stores:

The Company Portal app for Android uses Google Play Services to communicate with the Microsoft Intune service. Since Google Play Services are not yet available in China, performing any of the following tasks can take up to 8 hours to complete.

For more info see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/whats-new/whats-new-in-microsoft-intune

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