Microsoft has announced an expansion of mobile application management (MAM) for Windows 11 devices via Microsoft Intune. The application, dubbed online as Intune MAM, has moved from the introductory preview stage to general availability (GA), according to a documentation issued last month under the “What's New in Microsoft Intune” section. Commercial release of this product follows its preview release as of June 2021.
New Support Tools for Android and iOS Devices
Prior to this development, Intune MAM had been availed for managing applications on Android and iOS devices, while it was also available in Power BI. However, Microsoft is reinstating MAM capability for Windows devices after its withdrawal some time ago. The re-released Intune MAM for Windows will operate with Windows 11 version 22H2 build 10.0.22621 or and newer, according to the GA announcement made by the company. Its functionality is mapped out to be in sync with the Intune version 2309 release or later.
Unique Capabilities of MAM for Windows
With the introduction of this tool, organizations can regulate the printing, copying, and dispatch of business-related data. In addition, they can outline application usage requirements, including parameters for offline work. Health checks for the devices can also be monitored through customizable policies. Microsoft also mentioned that Intune MAM for Windows potentially requires Microsoft Edge for Business to function optimally, though the company has not explicitly made such a statement in recent announcements or documents.
In a recent Microsoft post outlining how to implement Intune MAM for Windows, it was implied that the Edge browser might be necessary to deploy some MAM for Windows protections. For the present, Microsoft Edge is the sole application stated under the Application Protection Policy for Windows platform, hinting at the possibility of an Edge browser requirement.
In conclusion, the novel MAM Intune capability for Windows devices is a significant development for Microsoft, which until now has focused primarily on Android and iOS. This shift illustrates Microsoft's commitment to providing robust support for its flagship technology, Windows 11.