Yesterday at Microsoft TechEd 2012, Eric Main, Microsoft's Director of Windows Intune Marketing gave this demo of mobile device and application management. Windows Intune is Microsoft's cloud-based PC and mobile device management solution, and it's targeted to small and medium (500 seat maximum) businesses. The demo here uses an iPhone, but Intune can also deploy apps to Android devices.
The actual device management that Windows InTune does is through Exchange ActiveSync, not full MDM configuration profiles, but it covers the basics of encryption, password enforcement, and remote wiping, as well as mailbox settings. The apps are corporate-deployed iOS or Android package files—the InTune account portal doesn't yet have the capability to link to public app stores. Access to apps is contingent on a user's Active Directory role and the device being connected to Exchange ActiveSync. While Intune itself runs in the cloud, it can make connections to on-premise Exchange and Active Directory servers.
I first wrote about Intune's mobile capabilities after Microsoft Management Summit in April, but now was my first chance to grab a video demo. While the mobility management from Intune is not nearly as fully featured as that of the major MDM players, it does cover the basics, and should be sufficient for the small and medium businesses that it's targeted towards.