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Microsoft set to reveal Enterprise Mobility Suite for cross-platform device management

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by Darren Allan, 27 Mar 2014News
Microsoft set to reveal Enterprise Mobility Suite for cross-platform device management

Later today, Satya Nadella is hosting a press event in San Francisco, and he's expected to make a number of big announcements – with the latest revelation being that he will unveil a new mobile management suite for the enterprise.

We'd already heard about the version of Microsoft Office for the iPad which is set to be revealed (to partner the existing iPhone version), and now, according to the usually accurate Mary Jo Foley, it seems Redmond is going to unveil the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite.

This will serve as a solution for businesses who need to manage large amounts of iOS, Android, and Windows devices from a central framework.

It expands on Redmond's current cross-platform device management offerings, and the usual sources in the know say that the Enterprise Mobility Suite will bring together Windows Intune, a new "Premium" version of Azure Active Directory, and Azure Rights Management Services. All this will enable enterprises to better tackle the thorny world of BYOD (bring your own device).

While Intune can already handle a wide range of BYOD scenarios, Foley says that it is being enhanced so it can manage huge quantities of diverse devices without needing the support of Microsoft's System Centre. Support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung Knox (for Android hardware) is promised.

So there are certainly some potentially juicy revelations on the table for today, with the event kicking off at 17:00 GMT. We'll be tuning in to bring you all the details, with plenty of watchful eyes on Office for iPad – and in particular, whether Microsoft will stick with its Office 365 subscription-required line.

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