This week, Microsoft publicly shared its plans for its upcoming Cloud OS management plans. In an effort to bring all of its systems and mobile device managements under one roof, the company will offer its information technology (IT) managers two different cloud-based options.
Microsoft’s OS management options include Windows Intune cloud-management services and Systems Center 2011 systems-management suit. These applications allow users to centrally manage cloud-based applications and resources running in their datacenters, on a hosted service provider data center, or on Windows Azure.
The company also recently updated the Windows Intune Service to include Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone devices. It already works for Android and iOS devices.
Users who already have existing accounts from June of 2012 will be automatically upgraded to the January 2013 release in February, making the transition as seamless as possible for all involved.
By integrating Windows-based software and iOS-based software, Microsoft is making it capable for businesses to include both technologies into one, easy to access place.
But it also means that the company is acknowledging that Apple is a major force in enterprise and if Microsoft wants to continue to lead the charge, there had better be a way for businesses to have both.