Windows Intune 2.0 PC-management service nearing beta

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Looks like Microsoft is almost ready to unveil the next release of its Windows Intune PC Management service. Reports are indicating that Microsoft will be revealing this service next week, just in time for the Worldwide Partner Conference.

According to Mary Jo Foley, a beta version of Windows Intune PC Management service will likely be announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference. In case you were wondering what Intune is all about, it is Microsoft’s cloud service that provides IT professionals with PC management and security for $11 dollars per seat per month.

Windows Intune used to be called System Center Online Desktop Manager and has evolved into a management tool and online management/security service.

From what Foley reports, the new version will have third-party patch support. “There will no longer be just Windows Patch support which is what the current version has.”

In a Technet blog post, Microsoft was looking for IT managers to provide input on what they would like to see in future versions of Windows Intune. Microsoft was searching for companies that keep PCs secure and up to date, distribune software applications, manage mobile devices, peform data backups, and monitor PC health.

Lets see what takes place at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles next week (starting July 11th).