Why (and how) you should manage Windows PCs like iPhones

The pieces are finally coming together to implement an omnidevice systems management approach for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android

Why (and how) you should manage Windows PCs like iPhones

The days of Microsoft's System Center may be numbered. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has begun championing a different approach to systems management -- the same approach that Apple created for the iPad and iPhone, and Google later adopted for Android. Organizations adopting Windows 10 can take advantage of this new approach, allowing IT to manage all client devices -- Windows 10 PCs (as older Windows versions are retired), Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices -- from the same consoles, using the same policy-driven technology in what is called an omnidevice strategy.

That's the theory, but the practice is more complex.  

Here we take a closer look at what an omnidevice strategy entails, detailing the tools, implementation, and current caveats to show how your organization can take advantage of this strategy as it evolves.

The reasons to manage PCs like iPads

Tablets today increasingly resemble computers, in both functionality and use, and computers are increasingly taking on tabletlike features. Microsoft, Apple, and Google all recognize that convergence in the form of their "tabtop" devices: the Surface Pro, iPad Pro, and Pixel-C, respectively. IT should too, by moving away from deploying two sets of management tools: one for computers and one for mobile devices, an increasingly meaningless distinction.

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