Microsoft announced the general availability of Intune support for Android Enterprise fully managed devices. This will now allow IT admins to manage the capabilities needed by the organization.
Android Enterprise fully managed is one of the “device owner” management scenarios in the Android Enterprise solution set. This scenario enables user productivity on corporate devices while allowing IT admins to manage capabilities needed by the organization. We have seen an overwhelming uptake of this management capability throughout the multiple phases of public preview making this the most widely adopted preview for Android management thus far. In preview, we have tens of thousands of devices across global customers already using it configure and manage their Android devices. In addition to this extensive adoption, we have received significant feedback from the community and customers alike. With this release, customers can deliver a high quality and feature-rich productivity scenario for users on corporate-owned devices while maintaining an extended set of policy controls over the devices.
Microsoft Intune will also support the following popular provisioning technologies with Android Enterprise devices running Android 6.0 and later:
- Knox Mobile Enrollment
- QR Code
- Token Entry
- Zero Touch Enrollment
Apart from that, Microsoft also laid out some of the new features and changes that will be rolling out to Intune today. You can head below to take a look at those as well:
- Multi Factor Authentication with fully managed devices
- Configuring certificates and resource access policies
- Enabling corporate and personal applications on the device
- Configuration and compliance
- Redesigned end user experience in the Microsoft Intune app
- App protection policies
- OEMConfig support
- Microsoft Launcher for Enterprises
Microsoft has also updated the Intune app and the latest update includes the following features:
- Improved layout with bottom navigation for the most important actions.
- Added an additional page that shows the user’s profile.
- Added the display of actionable notifications in the app to inform the user, such as the need to update their device settings.
- Added the display of custom push notifications, aligning the app with the support recently added in the Company Portal app for iOS and Android.
Moving on to Microsoft Launcher for Enterprises, Microsoft will now allow corporate devices to be fully managed. This is done to ensure all the users have a consistent home screen experience and they have access to all the key apps and services needed for their role.
The Microsoft Launcher is a key partner in enabling this well-defined end user experience on corporate devices. When the Microsoft Launcher is deployed to a device, the Launcher is able to detect that the device is a corporate device and will then enable enforce any app config settings that the admin has specified. This includes being able to set a device wallpaper as well as the list and order of applications on the home screen.
Microsoft has detailed other changes in a dedicated blog post. If you’re someone who’s interested in Intunes then you can head over to Microsoft Tech Community to read the full announcement.