Google has expanded their Android Enterprise Recommended program, which recommends enterprise-ready phones with high specifications and regular security update to companiess, to include Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software for managing those devices. Microsoft Intune will be among the list of launch partners, giving companies greater choice and security for their business needs.
For those unfamiliar, Intune is Microsoft's service that allows enterprises to manage company devices running either Windows 10 and Android as well as iPhones. However, Google is also recommending EMM applications from other providers. These include large companies well known in the enterprise space, including BlackBerry, IBM, SoftBank, VMware, and Google's own EMM software.
Microsoft Intune is a launch partner for Android Enterprise Recommended EMM program. Great results from the robust Android support in Microsoft, Intune’s strong leadership in unified endpoint management (UEM), and our partnership with Google https://t.co/g3TxpLHG1l pic.twitter.com/z90XKDksig
— Microsoft Endpoint Manager (@MSIntune) January 15, 2019
It's certainly interesting to see Google recommending enterprise solutions from Microsoft, given the two companies fierce competition in the area. Microsoft also released Intune for Education to better compete against Google's growing share of the education market with their Chromebooks, which have dominated the market.