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Microsoft prepares an iOS, Android, Symbian, and WP7 management tool

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Microsoft prepares an iOS, Android, Symbian, and WP7 management tool
Individual consumers might have their disagreements about which OS is superior, but they do agree on one thing: the power to choose is wonderful. But IT professionals might disagree. The divergent systems make their job of securing and managing employee devices even more complicated.

Not to be left in the cold, Microsoft has announced a beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which will be able to manage iOS, Android, Symbian, and Windows Phone 7 devices, i.e. any OS that supports Exchange ActiveSync.

There isn't much information to go on, but the SCCM 2012 overview states that it will "Drive organizational efficiency for IT with improved visibility and enforcement options for maintaining system compliance." We interpret that to mean that SCCM 2012 will at least be able to enforce password complexity, and remotely wipe employee devices.

One might think that this is a step backwards for Microsoft's mobile development, but they have often reached out to other operating systems. And, to their credit, they're relying on Windows Phone 7 to make a name for itself, rather than become a success only because Microsoft railroaded IT departments in its direction.

source: Microsoft via TUAW

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posted on 24 Mar 2011, 16:06 7

1. Beauty (unregistered)

This is the beauty of windows. I know in the past microsoft has been greedy and on the bad side of monopolistic accusations. But you would NEVER see apple ever doing something like this...

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 20:01 1

2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

really... i wonder why chrome is based on apple's webkit... amazing...

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 05:19 1

4. Alcin (unregistered)

Maybe because webkit is based in KDE technology and they have to respect the license?

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 15:12

5. fairly_mismatched (unregistered)

Yet another fanboy who thinks Apple invented everything first.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 22:25

3. ruwhan (unregistered)

where is bada? :D

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