New February 2015 Intune features

Somewhere between today and February 11th Microsoft will release some new Intune features!

New Intune standalone (cloud only) features that will be made available as part of this service update include:

  • Management of the Office Mobile app (access, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents) for Android phones
  • Management of the OneNote app for iOS devices. Management of Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) on iOS devices made available in December 2014 
  • Ability to browse and install apps on Windows Phone 8.1 devices using Intune Company Portal website
  • Deployment of WiFi profiles for Windows devices using XML import and Windows Phone devices using OMA-URI (deployment of WiFi profiles currently supported for iOS and Android devices)
  • Support for Cisco AnyConnect per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
  • Ability to require encryption on Windows 8.1 (x86) devices
  • Ability to set minimum classification of platform updates to be installed automatically on Windows 8.1 (x86) devices

Additionally, you can expect conditional access capabilities for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to be made available over the next few weeks.

Source : Microsoft Intune blog

Wanna trial a Lumia Smartphone?

Looking for a new phone, and not sure if Windows Phone is the way to go? Microsoft just announced that you can trial a Lumia for a period of two weeks. The only thing is that you have tell them why you want one….and maybe you can trial one for a period of two weeks.

“You’ve just taken the first step towards joining the world’s coolest community of smartphone creatives, explorers and go-getters! Getting a two-week trial of Lumia lushness is simple. Just let us know who you are, what great project you’re working on and how a Lumia could add to its finish. Regardless of whether you’re a tech blogger looking to do a review or a skateboarder eager to document a new trick, if we like what we hear we’ll be in touch.

And it doesn’t stop there. Once you’re part of the Connects community, you’ll be part of a movement that spans the globe. We’re here, there and everywhere doing mind-blowing mobile magic 24/7. To get a taster, check out our blog where we showcase the best of the best. Or for an even more regular hit of Lumia love, follow us on Twitter, where we share and care for the Lumia massive, worldwide. Tips, tricks, photos and films, you name it. If it’s done with a Lumia, we tweet it. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch today and let’s do something amazing together.”

Windows 10, Xbox Gaming, Surface Hub and HoloLens!

Today Microsoft has shown the latest build of Windows 10 during their ‘Windows 10 – the next chapter’ event which was held at the Microsoft HQ in Seattle.

Windows 10

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 customers. Only for the customers who upgrade their current version in the first year after launch. From that time Microsoft will keep that device, during it’s lifetime, up to date with new updates and features.

In the next 7 minutes during video Joe Belfiore shows some of the new features.


The lastest Technical Preview build of Windows 10 will become available somewhere in the next few days for members of the Windows Insider program. A Windows 10 Technical Preview build for Phones is scheduled for next month (February ’15).

Xbox One

Since Windows 10 will also become available on the Xbox One, it’s cool to see that Windows 10 Apps can also become available for the game console! If the wife wants to watch TV, you can simple stream your Xbox One game to your favorite Windows 10 pc or tablet and play your Xbox One game on that device, using your Xbox One game controller.

Microsoft Surface Hub

Windows 10 will also brings some nice stuff for business users….and meetings. Microsoft also announced a new device : the Surface Hub. It’s a 84″ big TV like device with a touch screen and camera’s, which can be used for presentations, conference calls, etc.

Microsoft HoloLens

One of the most futuristic things I have ever seen is the latest piece of hardware Microsoft announced, the HoloLens. With this pair of glasses it’s possible to project holograms in your living room. Check out the last video…


Microsoft has really announced some nice new stuff. When the new Technical Preview build arrives, I will check it out and write some more blogs about it…..and the same goes for the Windows 10 build for phones….I really can’t wait to install both versions!

Watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing Live

Just a few moments again Brandon LeBlanc posted a blog where he announced that we can all watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing (a.k.a. announcement of the Windows 10 Consumer Preview) live via

“An on-demand version will be available shortly after the event at the same link. We’re pretty excited about this event and to be able to talk about what’s next for Windows 10. You’ll hear directly from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer as well as our CEO Satya Nadella!”

The event starts at 9:00 PST (What time in my region?) and will be hosted at Microsoft HQ in Seattle.

Look who’s back again….it’s the Second Shot!

It has been a while, but it’s back. If you’re attending (or planning to attend) an MCP exam between January 5th and May 31th, Microsoft is offering you a Second Shot…for free (if you happen to fail your first attempt).

With the full transition to Pearson VUE as Microsoft’s sole exam delivery provider this year, there’s a slight difference in the Second Shot process. Please note:

  • You must complete a Microsoft certification exam between January 5, 2015 and May 31, 2015. Simply go to the Microsoft Learning website, log in, and schedule your exam.
  • After your exam, log in to check your personal dashboard at the Microsoft Learning website to verify testing results. Please allow up to 24 hours for results to show up on the dashboard.
  • If you need a Second Shot, select “retake” for your exam within 30 days from your first take.
  • Please review the Pearson VUE testing center availability for your specific exam and then schedule your retake.
  • For complete terms and conditions of this offer, visit the Second Shot page on our website.

Good luck preparing for your next Microsoft Certification! When you pass an exam, don’t forget to add it to your LinkedIN Profile and add it to your CV. Ohw…and if you are on Xbox One, just like me, dress up and get the MCP shirt for your avatar.


New MAM capabilities in december update of MS Intune

Microsoft will be rolling out some new features to Intune this week….they arrive somewhere between December 9th and December 12th 2014.

New features that will be released to Intune standalone (cloud only) as part of this service update include:

  • Ability to restrict access to Exchange Online email based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for iOS devices, including ability to restrict actions such as copy, cut, and paste outside of the managed app ecosystem
  • Ability to extend application protection to existing line-of-business apps using the Intune App Wrapping Tool for iOS
  • Managed Browser app for Android devices that controls actions that users can perform, including allow/deny access to specific websites. Managed Browser app for iOS devices currently pending store approval
  • PDF Viewer, AV Player, and Image Viewer apps for Android devices that help users securely view corporate content
  • Bulk enrollment of iOS devices using Apple Configurator
  • Ability to create configuration files using Apple Configurator and import these files into Intune to set custom iOS policies
  • Lockdown of Windows Phone 8.1 devices with Assigned Access mode using OMA-URI settings
  • Ability to set additional policies on Windows Phone 8.1 devices using OMA-URI settings

In partnership with the Office team, you can also expect new Intune-managed Office mobile apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for Android devices coming soon.

Be sure to bookmark this blog or subscribe to the RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting capabilities coming to Microsoft Intune. We are rapidly adding new features and look forward to sharing more information with you over the coming months. You can also expect us to share more information on when these new capabilities will be made available to customers using System Center Configuration Manager integrated with Intune on this blog and on the ConfigMgr blog.

New version of Microsoft Intune arrives this week!

Last week I already wrote a short blog about an issue I ran into, but today everything became clear. They were probably doing some last testing of the new Microsoft Intune portal, because earlier today Microsoft has announced it will release a service update (read: new Microsoft Intune version) between today (November 17th) and Wednesday (November 19th) that will bring us some cool new stuff to Intune (cloud only!).

This are the new features:

  • Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
  • Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
  • Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
  • Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
  • Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
  • Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
  • Enforcement of application install or uninstall
  • Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
  • Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
  • More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
  • Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
  • Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions

Also, as part of this service update, you’ll notice that all references to Windows Intune have been updated to Microsoft Intune. This name more accurately represents Intune’s cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) capabilities across iOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows.

Since Intune if, off course, Cloud based….they can’t update everything at once. You can check on which service instance your Intune subscription is running by opening the Intune Administration Console and click on the Administration tab (on the bottom left) and press the View Service Status link.


A new page will open and at the top of that page you can see on which service instance your subscription is running.


My subscription is running at North America 05, so I’m in the first Scheduled Maintenance time slot.

Source : Intune Blog

New version of Microsoft Intune arriving soon?

Tonight while I was working on the last slides of my Microsoft Intune demo tomorrow morning, Microsoft decided that it was time to launch the new version of Microsoft Intune. Microsoft already showed the new version at TechEd Europe a couple of weeks ago, but it looks like their launching it as we speak. Too bad the new interface isn’t quiet ‘working’ yet, so after a short ‘loading’ I’ll receive en error.

When the new version is completely available, I’ll probably will blog about it some more….

Current Version (November 13, 2014 –  23:00 CET)




Old version (November 13, 2014 – before 22:30)


New version (screenshot from TechEd Europe, available later today?)



Dear Ziggo, When can we expect the Xbox and Windows (Phone) Apps?

I’m a big fan of Microsoft devices and all the phones, tablets, laptops and even our game console is made by the American software company. Back in 2012 my TV provider announced it would release a Xbox 360 App. The 2012 press release is still available on the Ziggo Corporate website on October 24, 2014.

Since I love new stuff on my console (and Windows devices), I was getting really exited!


On February 26, 2013 I asked Ziggo via their Facebook page if there was any news yet. At that moment I couldn’t imagine that the app would never arrive, at least not in the next two years!

For all the English speaking readers, you can read the original text at their Facebook page (and maybe translate it there?). For all the Dutch speaking readers, just read on.

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So, initially Ziggo promised to deliver their Xbox 360 App ‘The app will be available somewhere in 2013’ (Quote “De App komt in de loop van 2013 beschikbaar”). On December 27th Ziggo mentioned that they don’t even know when the app will be available.

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At the end of July 2014 Ziggo mentioned the development of a new App on Twitter : A Windows Phone App. Ehh….what about the Xbox app they were developing 1 1/2 year ago….? They just ignore everything about the Xbox App….

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The don’t just only ignore the whole Xbox/Windows Phone App discussion….they start talking about issues with the iPhone app…..

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In a few weeks it has been two years since the first announcement about a Xbox app and until now nothing happened. I do have a few ‘sources’ at Ziggo, and they all told me the same : Ziggo was bought by UPC and somewhere in 2015 they will come with new services (and maybe also some apps?). What I don’t understand is why is so difficult for Ziggo to communicate what the issues are and why we don’t have the promised apps almost two years later….

Please share this blogpost via the social media and maybe Ziggo will notice it and comes out with proper response….

New Windows 10 build brings Notifications and Battery Saver

Today Microsoft has released a new build of their latest client operating system : Build 9860 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The new build will be installed automatically via Windows Updates, but if you can’t wait you have to press the Check now button at the Update and recovery section in the PC Settings. After that you can simply press the Download now button and Windows 10 will download the latest build from Microsoft.

When the download has finished you can install it by pressing Install now. The latest build will now be installed automatically and your pc will reboot several times during the process.


install new windows 10 build


New stuff
When the installation has finished I started looking for new stuff. I already heard about the Notification Center, but there is more….

  • Notification Center
  • Battery Saver
  • DataSense
  • Backup App Data
  • Check for Preview Builds Fast or Slow
  • New Network Settings
  • New Animation when maximize or minimize a window

Here are the screenshots ….

Notification Center

PC Settings - Battery Saver

PC Settings - DataSense

PC Settings - Backup App Data

PC Settings - Preview Builds - Slow Fast

PC Settings - Network - Manage


Source : Blogging Windows