At the Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Microsoft Corp. announced new IT solutions to streamline PC and device management, empower productivity and enable the modern enterprise, highlighting the release of Windows Intune. Windows Intune is generally available today in 35 countries, including Singapore, bringing PC management through the cloud and upgrades to Windows 7 Enterprise to businesses. Windows Intune delivers cloud-based management and security capabilities through a single, Web-based console, so computers and users can operate at peak performance from virtually anywhere.
By leveraging the power of the cloud, Windows Intune helps IT staff relieve the burden of managing and maintaining a complicated PC infrastructure, which translates to more IT efficiency, user productivity, security and cost savings.
Microsoft recently commissioned a study from IDC that revealed a total savings of $702 per PC, per year, with Windows Intune, which includes savings from IT labor reduction of $521 per PC, per year, user productivity savings of $63 per PC, per year, and cost recovery from not having to use other tools at an average of $118 per PC, per year.
In a separate Microsoft-commissioned study, IDC arrived at a conclusion that clearly outlines the partner opportunity, stating, “Windows Intune would help them grow their PC management businesses by an average of 19 percent over the first full year of operations.”2 Windows Intune offers real opportunity for partners that are looking to take advantage of the cloud to reach more customers, to start or grow their managed services business, and to drive annuity-based revenue. For example, partners can support more customers with the cloud-based system than a traditional onsite business model, without increasing staff headcount. Partners interested in trying Windows Intune can subscribe to the Microsoft Cloud Essentials program for free at http://www.microsoftcloudpartner.com for Internal Usage Rights software.
More information about Windows Intune, including details on a 30-day customer trial for use on up to 25 PCs, is available at http://www.windowsintune.com, http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business and http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/cloud.