ZDNet reports: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iPad suite on March 27. But there's another Microsoft "suite" that I'm hearing will debut on March 27, too.
That suite, a licensing bundle known as the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), is for large enterprise customers who need to manage centrally iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and more, according to sources of mine who've requested anonymity.
Microsoft already offers cross-platform device management to enterprise users with Windows Server, System Center and Windows Intune. Microsoft officials talked up the company's enterprise device-management capabilities last October, noting that Microsoft technologies allow users to manage iOS, Android, Windows and Windows RT devices, applications, content and data.
EMS will provide a way for enterprises to acquire several Microsoft technologies for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios, my tipsters say. Included in the suite are Windows Intune, a newMicrosoft Azure Active Directory 'Premium' offering and Azure Rights Management Services.
Windows Intune, which is Microsoft's cloud-based device management and security service, can handle heterogenous BYOD scenarios when coupled with Microsoft's System Center product. But Intune is being enhanced so it can manage thousands of devices from the cloud without requiring System Center, I hear. Intune also will soon support Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft is close to releasing to manufacturing, as well as the Samsung Knox BYOD security platform for Android devices.
It is said that Nadella is expected to announce Office for iPad and EMS on Thursday during a Webcast announcement from San Francisco.