Starting today, Microsoft will be adding Intune support for Android for Work. While still in its early stages, Android for Work is not yet able to access all of the Intune support features, with full feature support coming soon.
Here’s a look at all of the features that will be available in the initial Microsoft Intune release for Android for Work.
- A broader set of management policies for Android devices; including the ability to manage a work profile on the device, set policies to enforce complex lock screen PINs and define permission policies for Android apps you manage.
- Application install improvements; today, the user experience for deploying apps is different depending on whether the app is an internally developed LOB app, or if it’s in the Play store. Android for Work unifies this experience, making it consistent regardless of what kind of app you are deploying.
- Security improvements; including mandatory encryption and the ability to disable app installation from unknown sources.
- Email client app configuration; using managed configuration, any email app that supports enterprise configuration can be provisioned with Intune. Intune also provides IT Pro UI for configuring the Gmail and Nine Work applications.
- App configuration capabilities; developers will be able to expose managed configuration capabilities in their applications, opening up a pipeline for Intune to be able to configure these settings.
Microsoft Intune support will begin as a private preview starting a little later this month. If you are interested in being considered for participating in the Intune private preview of Android for Work, send a message to [email protected]. As a Microsoft Intune Android for Work private preview user, you will need to provide feedback on the user experience.
Additionally, for those attending Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, there will be a full session presented by the Microsoft Intune engineering team on how to use Intune to manage Android devices. Intune session recordings will be available for review on Channel 9 after Ignite ends on September 30, 2016. Take a look at the Microsoft Intune UserVoice to submit your feedback or see trending Intune topics.