Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Microsoft clearer on WinRT, Phone8 management

When a software company offers manufacturers of IT devices multiple platforms, it makes sense: After all, a desktop operating system can’t run a smart phone. However, it causes device management problems for corporate IT administrators.
 
That’s what happened after Microsoft Corp. left IT managers in the dark about how its latest platforms — Windows RT for tablets and PCs running ARM processors, and Windows Phone 8 — are to be managed. But according to this post from Cnet, a blog from Microsoft has partly cleared this up.  
 
 
 (Upcoming Microsoft Surface tablets like this will run Windows RT or Windows 8)
 
The next versions of Microsoft InTune, it’s cloud-based Windows device management system, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the on-premise management, will work together to offer administrators  a single console, the blog says.
 
This will be good news for administrators, who doubtless aren’t happy with the prospect of facing a new platform (WinRT). However, the Cnet story does note there are details still to come, and pricing hasn’t been settled.
 
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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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