Using Windows Intune for Direct Management of Windows Phone devices

June 25, 2014

Windows Intune provides a rich and flexible mobile device management experience for Windows Phone 8.1. With Windows Intune, you can manage Windows Phone 8 devices directly or through Exchange ActiveSync. With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager deployed in your environment as well, you can use the Windows Intune service to manage mobile devices, while performing all management tasks in the System Center Configuration Manager console.

Windows Intune provides comprehensive mobile device management for Windows Phone 8.1. With Windows Intune, you can deploy policies to help secure corporate data on your phone, perform a hardware inventory, and distribute applications and links to applications that users can choose to install on their phone, and retire and wipe phones. In addition, Windows Intune direct management of mobile devices enables you to distribute applications to users in either of the following ways:

  • External link: For Windows Phone 8.1 devices, you can provide a link address to an application on the Windows Phone Store. In addition, this web link can be to a web-based application that runs on the device through the device’s web browser.

  • Software installer: You can provide a signed application package that is uploaded to the Windows Intune service directly and then sideloaded onto managed devices. Sideloaded applications do not have to be certified by or installed through the Windows Phone Store.