Microsoft accepts reality, offers IT tool for iPhones, iPads, and Android

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Not everyone at Microsoft is marching in lockstep to the idea that Windows Phone 7 will rule the enterprise. At the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), the company announced that it has released a beta of a tool to let IT manage iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Symbian devices, and Windows Phone 7 devices in the enterprise. Up until now, the tool only worked for Windows Mobile.

The tool is called System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and it's designed to deploy and update servers, clients, and devices across an enterprise's entire computing and network infrastructure. The current version is SCCM 2007, and the only mobile devices it handles are Windows Mobile ones --- it won't even handle Windows Phone 7 right now.

At MMS today, though, Microsoft made available for download beta 2 of SCCM 2012.

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