Microsoft Endpoint Manager improves support for Macs and iPads

Microsoft has integrated new options in Endpoint Manager for managing MacOS systems and iPads. A boon for administrators of hybrid environments.

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On the occasion of the virtual edition of its Ignite event, the publisher also introduced a remote connection function for mobile devices, support for virtual workstations and new controls for its Edge browser. All of these features, with the exception of those related to virtual workstations and the iPad, appear in the public preview without a specific publication date.

Liz Miller, an analyst at Constellation Research, these announcements are not trivial: companies must “manage all devices, regardless of their origin and operating system.” As such, these enhancements “are an acknowledgment of the fact that too many systems and tools, as well as dashboards, have had to be handed over to Microsoft customers.”

New features in macOS include using scripts to deploy custom apps, as well as performing troubleshooting and other specific automated tasks. Another novelty allows users to use SSO to access applications, reducing the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords.

On iPads, Microsoft Endpoint Manager can separate personal and corporate data by partitioning each tablet. With this change, now available, users will sign in to their Azure Active Directory work account to access corporate data.

Microsoft has also integrated a remote access tool called Tunnel, developed by the company, into Endpoint Manager. This software enables administrators to ensure that iOS and Android devices comply with company policies before they can connect to their network. The new support for virtual desktops is expected to be offered as a public preview later this year.

Finally, Microsoft has built security controls into its Edge browser to manage web applications. This is to prevent users from downloading data from apps when accessing them from personal devices.