Microsoft has introduced a series of new mobile device management (MDM) capabilities to Office 365, enabling users to manage access to Office 365 data across a range of Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices.
The new built-in MDM features come at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government plans.
Users will be able to set up security policies on devices that connect to Office 365 thanks to new conditional access capabilities. Users will also be able to ensure that Office 365 corporate e-mail and documents can only be accessed by the correct parties and through devices that are managed by the user’s company and are compliant.
This is achieved by leveraging Microsoft Intune and the Microsoft Azure Active Directory. The conditional access capabilities cover Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Users can set and manage security policies such as device-level pin lock and jailbreak detection. Rich reporting is also available with the Office 365 admin centre, meaning users can gain critical insights on the devices that are accessing corporate data.
Management can remove Office 365 company data from the device of an employee, while leaving personal data in place, thanks to the selective wipe capability. This can be particularly beneficial at companies with a ‘bring your own device’ policy.
Users also have the option of subscribing to Microsoft Intune, which forms part of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite. With Intune, users receive additional device and application management capabilities and are able to keep corporate information even more secure.
The rollout of these capabilities is already underway and is set to be completed globally in the next four to six weeks.
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