Microsoft 'EMS' biz suite due, for 'bring your own device' scenarios

Microsoft is readying a new Enterprise Mobility Suite bundle to help business users better manage the Android, iOS, and Windows devices workers bring to the office, sources say.


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iPad suite on March 27. But there's another Microsoft "suite" that I'm hearing will debut on March 27, too.

That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to centrally manage iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices, and more, according to sources of mine who've requested anonymity.

Microsoft already offers cross-platform device management to enterprise users with Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Intune. Microsoft officials talked up the company's enterprise device-management capabilities last October, noting that Microsoft technologies allow users to manage iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows RT devices, applications, content, and data.

EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a new Microsoft Azure Active Directory "Premium" offering and Azure Rights Management Services.

(Active Directory Premium is a paid version of Azure Active Directory that provides capabilities including user self-service password reset; group-based application access; self-service group management; and other business-focused features of the cloud version of Active Directory.)

Windows Intune, which is Microsoft's cloud-based device management and security service, can handle heterogenous BYOD scenarios when coupled with Microsoft's System Center product. But Intune is being enhanced so it can manage thousands of devices from the cloud without requiring System Center, I hear. Intune also will soon support Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft is close to releasing to manufacturing, as well as the Samsung Knox BYOD security platform for Android devices.

Asked for comment on EMS, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company had "nothing to share."

Nadella is expected to announce Office for iPad and EMS on Thursday, during a Webcast announcement from San Francisco. Microsoft officials have said they will stream the event starting at 10 a.m. PT on the Microsoft News Center.

This story originally appeared as "Microsoft to unveil Enterprise Mobility Suite alongside Office for iPad" on ZDNet.

 

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