Microsoft puts products where its mobility mouth is

Microsoft this week backed up its enterprise mobility vision with some concrete products announced at its TechEd North American conference.

Redmond displayed a range of new mobile and cloud initiatives designed to entice enterprise customers. On the mobile side, Microsoft is expanding its previously announced Enterprise Mobility Suite to include a preview of Microsoft Azure Remote App and Intune-Office 365 integration set for later this year.

Microsoft is previewing Azure RemoteApp, which provides mobile employees access to Windows apps across a range of devices, including those running Mac OS X, iOS and Android. "Combining Microsoft's powerful Remote Desktop Services capabilities with the scale and cost-efficiencies of Microsoft Azure, RemoteApp will help end users stay productive on the go and enable IT to easily scale and meet customer needs," the company explained in a release.

Azure RemoteApp puts Microsoft into competition in offering remote access with Citrix, VMware and Amazon, which recently released its remote access Workspaces earlier this year, notes The Register.

In addition, Microsoft plans to launch Office 365 mobile app management with its Windows Intune cloud management product across Office for iPad, iPhone and Android phones. Intune will also provide a way for customers to manage existing iOS and Android line of business apps.

"The combination of Office 365 capabilities and the Enterprise Mobility Suite is truly magic, delivering the absolute best experience for protected mobile productivity with the level of security and control IT requires," says Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server and Systems Center.

The company is also previewing Visual Studio tooling for the Apache Cordova platform, enabling app developers to build multi-device hybrid mobile apps using HTML and JavaScript. Using Visual Studio, developers can now build Windows, iOS and Android native apps with .NET and Xamarin or hybrid apps with Apache Cordova.

In addition, Microsoft announced a number of cloud initiatives, including private connections to the cloud through Azure Express Route, streamlined cloud storage, cloud-based application programming interface management, cloud-based disaster recovery, an anti-malware agent for cloud services and virtual machines, enhanced cloud encryption and stronger data loss prevention for the cloud.

"The future of mobile-first, cloud-first is here, and we're excited to bring the technology, support and experience that will help IT, developers and technology users alike thrive in this time of great change," Anderson concludes.

For more:
- check out Microsoft's release
- see Anderson's statement
- read The Register report

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