This month, we’re releasing new productivity and security capabilities within Microsoft Endpoint Manager. You can view the complete list of What’s New in the 2106 (June) release for details. The three capabilities I highlight this month improve the experience for users and provide more flexibility and management options for organizations that support Android deployments. As usual, I appreciate your feedback. Comment on this post, connect with me on LinkedIn, or tag me @RamyaChitrakar on Twitter.
Many IT organizations allow employees to use corporate-owned devices for some personal tasks to improve productivity so they won’t have to switch between devices. Because of this, organizations must make sure corporate devices are secure and managed while employees want to ensure their personal data and information remains private.
Enrollment with Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices with a work profile enables separation between corporate and personal applications, data, and settings. This month, we’re announcing general availability for management of Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices with a work profile in Endpoint Manager.
While many customers provided feedback on managing corporate-owned work profile devices during our public preview, several asked how to add this option to their portfolio in Endpoint Manager. Follow these steps to get started:
The following screenshots show some of the screens in the enrollment workflow for Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices with a work profile – this is where we demonstrate the separation of work from personal apps.
The need to prevent security breaches within an organization is a priority for many of our customers as employees access work data from all their devices, and these days, from virtually anywhere. Organizations need to secure not only the data at rest and in transit but also the devices themselves. This month, the client app that integrates Microsoft Tunnel into Microsoft Defender for Endpoint moved from public preview to general availability on Android.
What is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with Tunnel? It’s a secure, VPN connection for managed devices. Employees can download the Defender for Endpoint app on their Android mobile device to get a more holistic mobile threat defense solution that enables secure and productive remote work and is fully configurable from Endpoint Manager.
How do you get started? Here’s a very brief but prescriptive approach.
Here’s a video of the user experience:
If you would like a bit more of the engineering backstory, I provided additional insight on our One Microsoft Approach Tunnel and Defender for Endpoint out on LinkedIn.
Filters let you maximize your current asset investments while protecting data on personal, company-owned, and shared devices. The settings catalog makes it easier to customize, set, and manage device and user policy settings. This month - we combined the two! Now, you can have a settings profile and then use filters when assigning it!
In addition, this month we have also deepened our investment in both filters and settings catalog by adding support for the Enrollment Profile Name property in filters for Android Enterprise. Use filters to target devices based on different properties, such as device name and manufacturer.
Last month, I shared what filters and settings catalog enables you to achieve. This month, I’d like to share more about our motivation to integrate these capabilities. Here’s what one of our customers specifically requested – just two examples of why we did this integration:
We keep our customers’ needs top of mind and invest in areas that improve the user experience and simplify IT administration. Questions? Feedback? Comment on this post, connect with me on LinkedIn, or tag me @RamyaChitrakar on Twitter.
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