Microsoft announcement from TechEd Europe

Microsoft used TechEd Europe to make several announcements about the next set of innovations in security, privacy, and compliance in Office365.  One of the most welcomed announcements was in the management of mobile devices.  As the BYOD movement continues to grow, organizations are more and more often confronted with managing mobile devices.  That is why Microsoft is creating a portion of their mobile-device-management (MDM) features from Intune into their Office365 platform in the first quarter of 2015.


On October 28th, Microsoft revealed that they will be adding, free of charge, an addition of the MDM service for O365.  With this native embedding of MDM directly into O365, Microsoft takes another move towards fulfilling the promise they made to not only manage devices, but also manage the apps and data on the phones and tablets regardless if the operating system is Windows, iOS, or Android.  Administrators will be able to manage devices by setting policies in O365 and remotely wipe corporate data if required while not affecting personal data.


Another announcement was the Intune updates that will allow administrators to manage Office Mobile apps and line-of-business apps.  The updates will allow customers to manage Office mobile apps, wrap management technology around LOB apps, enable secure mobile app viewing, and enable better control of the end users ability to consume corporate resources.


Another update to the O365 environment will be an extension of data-loss-prevention (DLP) technology to the O365 platform.  This will have the largest impact SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.  In the first quarter of 2015, administrators should be able to manage and enforce DLP policies regardless of the service or application from the O365 compliance center.


Finally, in a bid to offer higher levels of security, Microsoft is offering higher levels of advanced encryption to developers by creating new REST-based programming interfaces for SharePoint and OneDrive.  With this new technology, every files will be individually encrypted with its own unique key.  Along with the new REST-based programming, Microsoft has also stated that they are making new mobile software development kits (SDKs) for native application development available for use in conjunction with the O365 APIs.


All of these upgrades go along with Microsoft’s drive to offer more storage at low cost as exemplified by their announcement of upping the OneDrive storage limits.