Friday, July 3, 2015

Cloud Tax

Chicago now has about a 9% tax on streaming services.  This covers streaming media as well as remote database or computing platforms.  The affects will be far reaching, like the phone taxes.I think i saw a report estimate of 12 Millions dollars a year in revenue.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/1/8876817/chicago-cloud-tax-online-streaming-sales-netflix-spotify

How will this affect services and cities?  Well if you are a pour city, just tax the digital services.
This could create issues between not only the large services but the small services that trying to grow.

The question is what the actual line says in the bill  What if you have devices that are managed via the Intune cloud, or cloud DP.  How will this affect the company using or managing these services.


Only time will tell.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Intune - Remote Lock and Passcode Reset


 
I was asked recently why you would need Remote Lock as seen below in Intune:
 
 
 
 
I sent the Remote Lock to my device and below is the result of which is seen below: 
 
 Before I go any further, not all commands are available on all devices. 
 
 
Problem: I left my device at the Restaurant, I am going to get it but it won't lock automatically.
Solution: Remote lock so that no one can access the device
 
Problem: User is set to be fired from the company.
Solution: When the user is brought into HR, the Passcode can be reset and then the device can be locked.  Later the Remote wipe (Full or Selective ) can be performed.
 
Problem: Board meeting (or Corporate Examination) is about to begin, devices are collected or placed on the conference room table. 
Solution: To prevent members from watching their phones a remote lock can be performed as the icon is visible and can easily be seen if a user unlocks their device. 
 
Problem: User forgets their PassCode
Solution: Reset the code for the user.
 
  
 
 
PlatformRemote Lock
iOSSupported
AndroidSupported
Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1Supported
Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RTSupported if the current user of the device is the same user who enrolled the device.
Windows 8.1Supported if the current user of the device is the same user who enrolled the device.
 
 
 
 

PlatformPasscode Reset
iOSSupported for clearing the passcode from a device. Does not create a new temporary passcode.
AndroidSupported and a temporary passcode is created.
Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1Supported
Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RTNot Supported
Windows 8.1Not Supported



More information on Remote Lock and Passcode Reset can bee seen here:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj676679.aspx

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Intune updates for June 2015

Intune 2015 updates:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn292747.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

Windows 10 is about to arrive for everyone and this includes the Enterprise.  This will now give you the ablilty to manage that.

Speaking of which, did you know you can download the Windows 10 Preview for your certain phones?

Join the insider program:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download-phone

We are slowly seeing an up swing in IOS and Android capabilities much like in May.  This is expected as Microsoft slowly takes over the competitors in the market.  Look for greater abilities to come.  Every month Microsoft is pushing out small improvements based on the market and community requests. 

GeoFencing:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/8/2/7820BD07-28E3-4B06-8E11-FB55AC07CB83/4-WindowsPhone81.pptx

This is a brilliant concep that is gaining market ground in many devices.  In this previous PPT we see the use of GeoFencing with triggers.  When a device enters an area an application executes something. 
This can also be used to inhibit applications or features.  Say you have a corporate building that doesn't allow cameras, then when you enter the building perimeter the phone, which is corporeate owned, will lock down the camera. 

Or maybe want to disable certain programs when someone travels outside the US. The possibilities are endless and with Intune we slowly see many of these abilities come to life.