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Microsoft Intune Subscription Management Shifting to Office 365 Portal

Users of the Microsoft Intune management portal will be shifting over to the Office 365 management portal, starting later this month.

Microsoft plans to do away with its Intune management portal used for Intune subscriptions "on or after September 28, 2015," according to the company's announcement issued today. The change was prompted by Microsoft's customers, who want fewer subscription management portals around, the company indicated.

With this changeover, Intune users will get "more options and greater control when setting passwords," Microsoft promised. Only the management portal will change. Microsoft isn't adding its Intune mobile device management service to its Office 365 services.

In other licensing news, Microsoft announced today that it is now offering its Enterprise Cloud Suite through its Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) program. The MPSA is a supposedly more streamlined contractual way of licensing Microsoft's software. Microsoft's announcement claims it's now possible to "choose between one, two, or three-year subscriptions with price protection for all incremental orders."

Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Suite consists of access to Office 365 Enterprise E3 services, per-user Windows Software Assurance licensing and use of the Enterprise Mobility Suite. Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite is a licensing bundle in itself, consisting of the rights to use three products: Windows Azure Active Directory Premium, Windows Intune and Windows Azure Rights Management Services.

Last month, Microsoft reminded its software licensees that it will be phasing out its Select Plus licensing in July 2016. Instead, new Select Plus licensing purchases will have to come through an MPSA. Microsoft claims that the MPSA adds greater licensing flexibility for organizations compared with Select Plus.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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