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Windows Intune Cloud-Based PC Management Utility Hits the Street March 23 54

Roberto123 writes "Microsoft has announced a release date for Windows Intune, its cloud-based solution for PC management for businesses, whether computers are on the corporate network or operated remotely. Intune will be released on March 23 for $11 per PC per month."
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Windows Intune Cloud-Based PC Management Utility Hits the Street March 23

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  • by Anonymous Coward patch to wreck them all, for Intune surely binds them.

  • by commodore6502 ( 1981532 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @08:42AM (#35346502)

    Versus the $70 I spent to BUY Microsoft Office in 1998. Yeah I think I'll say "no" to this rental deal, just like I said no to Comcast rental



    • by tgd ( 2822 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @09:35AM (#35346720)


      Its a managed corporate desktop management service. Its like hiring maids instead of going out and buying a bucket, sponges and bleach and spending two hours on your knees every week.

      I'm happy "renting" my maids. If you like cleaning your house, you certainly don't have to.

      • No. It's like a maid hiring maids to clean someone else's house. The "amplify productivity" might apply to the sysadmins (more likely, it's a prelude to being shown the door), but IME the users are left with more delays, loss of access and loss of data.

    • Not that I think this is a great idea or anything, but you're looking at it all wrong. This is an enterprise thing, not a home user thing. For one PC, owned and operated by a knowledgeable user, it's clearly inappropriate. Assuming it works however, it's a much better idea at scale:

      For 25 PCs it may save you the cost of a full time systems person. You'll still need to contract people for problems or projects, but saving a full time employee is a big deal for a business that sized. For $3500 a year, not

      • by clifyt ( 11768 )

        Sounds like an excellent deal. I know a lot of nerds are going to be upset about this, their entire world is built upon servicing computers that take up about 10% of their time and nothing more.

        And yet, that 10% of the time is absolutely needed because when a computer is down, it needs to get back up or someone isn't working. I always have to tell my team of nerds that the #1 thing I'm looking for is that they show up...I don't care if they goof off 90% of the time...I care that they are there when proble

        • by swb ( 14022 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @11:35AM (#35347558)

          ....deletes all your email, like Google did recently, what then? Or when a physical device doesn't work well enough to work with the cloud?

          I agree that the cloud concept makes a lot of sense, but speaking as a full time SMB IT consultant, your computer, local network, and internet service have to be pretty much working for the cloud concept to work, and I spend most of my time dealing with problems that cause the cloud to stop working altogether.

          • by clifyt ( 11768 )

            "deletes all your email, like Google did recently"

            You mean, gasp, a free service is worth as much as you pay for it?!?!?!

            Please tell me more!

            I'm dealing with infrastructure that I pay for. And I'm not banking on everything being in one place. My data is stored offsite, in various locations, and I don't have a single point of failure. I hook up an external HD every few weeks and grab a snapshot in case of a catastrophe, but almost every event that a user lost data -- the new service allows the user to go

          • ....deletes all your email, like Google did recently, what then?

            You forgot the restore within a day part (a bit convenient to forget, dont you think)

        • That is why many companies keep spare computers mostly setup, so when one goes down and it isn't a 5 minute fix, you replace the machine out, and take the old one back for it's 12-18 month reinstall.

          Reinstalling windows regularly is like changing the oil in your car. If your not doing it often you have hidden problems that you may not know about. This isn't even about viruses. Windows loves to randomly trash itself.

          Now to be fair I haven't used windows 7 yet. I have to get a copy of it but I am unwilling

          • by Dog-Cow ( 21281 )

            My Windows XP install lasted for years, until the harddrive finally died. Of course, I didn't install every browser toolbar and plugin known to man. It's not the OS that gets overloaded, it's the dozens of additional crap that people install for no particular reason.

          • Oh and it is $200 because I am not a student, and refuse to install limited versions when the full OS X is $130.

            Apple uses software to sell hardware. If you weren't paying out the nose for the hardware, then I might agree with you.

          • by drsmithy ( 35869 )

            Reinstalling windows regularly is like changing the oil in your car. If your not doing it often you have hidden problems that you may not know about. This isn't even about viruses. Windows loves to randomly trash itself.


            Now to be fair I haven't used windows 7 yet. I have to get a copy of it but I am unwilling to spend $200 on something that i only need occasionally. I know somethings have changed for the better. Oh and it is $200 because I am not a student, and refuse to install limited versions whe

          • by clifyt ( 11768 )

            I wish I could keep standard builds around to do this...I work in research with no overlap of duties. I keep ghosted images of every users default build, but this needs to be done with a clean build. That means apps that are installed later are not included.

            A lot of apps because of licensing are a pain in the ass to reinstall means I have to mess with the old computer to pull it off 'officially' and then put it onto the new. Yeah...I don't get the benefit to choose peoples preferred tools at t

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        It's also for those who are working remotely almost constantly - pushing patches and updates can be frustratingly hard when the IP address of the remote PC is always changing and may not be connected more than a few hours at a time. Especially if the only times it connects to the office LAN is the annual meeting, or for some PC, the time it was set up by IT for the guy who never stepped inside the building (PC shipped to them, phone interviews, etc.).

        Think salespeople and 1-person "satellite offices".

        Sure t

    • er, intune is not renting microsoft office. In fact, it has NOTHING to do with microsoft office. [] - lists what it is.

      Intune is basic workstation maintainance really. It's not for home users, it's not for getting rid of Microsoft Office, it's for reducing the need of a helpdesk monkey to do patches and updates etc on machines... more importantly for the road warriors of the companies.

  • Microsoft: Throw Bologna at the Wall; See if it Sticks

    • You've obviously never heard of Logmein which BTW is a very successful product. Microsoft is wise to be throwing their hat into the ring.

  • They mean "... after it's been thrown out a window in frustration."

  • I thought Mandriva was dead, but yesterday I discovered its product for IT management (Pulse []). I know this is old news, but it came to my mind reading this.
  • Because it must be.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Cloud services: Tivoli Live, Versiera
    Enterprise: Nagios, Zenoss, SolarWinds, Hyperic, Spiceworks, etc., etc.

    • Those aren't competing products. Maybe complimentary, but definitely not competing.

      Nagios, ZenOSS, SolarWinds, etc are all Network Management Systems - Did you not see the screenshot? InTune is more on par with Altiris ITMS, KACE, etc.

  • At first glance I thought it said "Windows Immune". Now that's something I'd use.

  • ok for a corporate environment this might be nice but i'm not sure how it affects me as a home user. it would be nice to have a centralized management utility for Microsoft Security Essentials: I'm just not sure the boss would ever think it's worth $250/month for me to keep track of the workstations and servers in our environment. That's a lot of scratch.

    • Windows intune provides you with a simple web based console to do the following:
      Manage updates: Centrally manage the deployment of the Microsoft® updates and service packs you choose to all your PCs from the Windows Intune console—freeing up your IT staff from routine management tasks.

      Protect PCs from malware: Help safeguard your PCs from the latest threats with centralized protection that's built on the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine and uses the same trusted technologies as Microsoft Foref

      • Can partners resell and manage this for customers from a central place?
      • How is this different from Active Directory with SMS and WSUS? I'm not trying to be facetious; I'm genuinely curious. I mostly do optical fiber link work but have had to dabble in the PC/Software side of running things more than once, and last I did, was using SMS and WSUS to do most of what this seems to offer (to me).
        • With Windows Intune, you get the same list of updates as the Windows Software Update Service (WSUS), with the same level of control:

          * Windows Intune works over the cloud like Windows Update and Microsoft Update, but you don't need on-site infrastructure.
          * Updates are delivered directly to any of your managed PCs that have an Internet connection.

          So to me the fact that there is no set up needed to manage the service (for multiple clients) is the USP.

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