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Microsoft Launches Windows Intune Cloud PC Management

Software giant Microsoft has brought out its cloud-based PC management suite for IT administrators, Windows Intune.

The new tool, which was launched during the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, will allow IT administrators to manage PCs from a single web-based console. Administrators can access the web console from any web browser that has a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.

Microsoft said that Windows Intune will let IT administrators track software updates, access malware protection and manage hardware and software deployments within the organisation.

Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft general manager of Windows product management, said in a statement, “Intune enables customers to create a well-managed desktop environment for themselves. Customers don't have to have any servers on premise at all, and can get out of managing physical assets. Our goal is to take all of our on-premise offerings and move them into the cloud.”

The company plans to bring other Microsoft IT management tools, like System Center and Service Manager to Intune in three to four years time.

The service, which comes with a 30 day trial period, will be offered in 35 countries worldwide including France, Germany, India, the UK and the US. Microsoft will be charging $11 per seat per month from customers.