In addition to even further muddying its already confused cloudspeak, Microsoft’s latest and greatest management tool, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM 2012), has a few handy tricks up its sleeves to help keep Redmond on top, even when the company is eating competitors’ mobile dust.
SCCM 2012 brings in new support for managing and configuring mobile devices including, as Mary Jo Foley reports, Android, Apple iOS and even Symbian devices. It’s a surprisingly agnostic move with interesting implications, as Foley notes:
My first thought when I heard that SCCM 2012 will enable management of iPads is that Microsoft may be undercutting its own argument that Windows-based slates and tablets are inherently better because IT managers can’t manage iPads as easily and well as they can Windows-based PCs and devices. If Microsoft makes enterprise management of iPads a key selling point, won’t the company be removing one of the advantages it claims for Windows slates?
Possibly, but maybe it’s also just responding to market demands, particularly since Windows Phone 7 OS will probably be a laggard in the field for a few years, at least (although it does also support Windows Phone 7 management), despite whatever catchy advertising campaigns they run.
Hat tip to Ron Miller.