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Why Mobile Device Management?

Tightly control company-owned or BYO devices while still giving access to the organizations applications and data.

We found that the flexibility of Intune made it simple to assign security polices and deploy different versions of our apps to different departments and user groups. We publish our apps, and any updates, to our company portal. Employees can download the apps to their smartphones when and where it’s convenient.

Gurdeep Kundi Senior Systems Engineer at Foxtons

Enrollment, Access, & Application Controls

The benefits of employees accessing company information while mobile is undeniable. So too is the risk of insecure remote access. ActiveSync Remote Device Wipe has been adequate for many organizations, but as data beyond email is accessed, Microsoft has methods to solve the problem in layers.

Microsoft provides Mobile Device Management solutions in Office 365 and/or Intune. With Office 365, the essentials are included with any E3 or E5 plan. Intune steps up the granularity of control and enables devices to be managed without actually enrolling them.

With Office 365 Mobile Device Management, administrators can completely wipe a device (back to factory resets) OR, selectively wipe data and apps that have been published by the organization. With Intune, the latter may be done without even enrolling the device.

Below are the main differences between Mobile Device Management for Office 365 and Microsoft Intune:


For Mobile Device Management for Office 365, the cost is included in Office 365 commercial subscriptions (Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government), while Microsoft Intune is a paid subscription

(single $6 per user per month or with the Enterprise Mobility Suite $7 to $12 per month). 

Device Management

Mobile Device Management for Office 365 manages devices through the Office 365 admin center while Microsoft Intune manages devices through the Microsoft Intune Cloud console or the System Center Configuration Manager console. 

Supported Devices

Mobile Device Management for Office 365 supports IOS, Android, Windows Phone while Microsoft Intune supports IOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows. 


Mobile Device Management for Office 365 is limited to the following: Conditional access, Device management, Selective wipe. Microsoft Intune includes all of the Mobile Device Management for Office 365 capabilities, plus the following: Advanced mobile device management, Mobile application management, PC management.

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