updated 09:18 am EDT, Thu March 27, 2014
Suite would improve current multiplatform support
Alongside Office for iPad, Microsoft may also be preparing to launch a new licensing bundle today called the Enterprise Mobility Suite, sources say. The bundle is reportedly aimed at large-scale customers who need a way of managing Windows, iOS, and/or Android devices. While cross-platform support has been available from Microsoft for a while, EMS is expected to include Windows Intune, a new Azure Active Directory "Premium" option, and Azure Rights Management Services. Active Directory Premium is described as a paid version of Azure Active Directory with features like group-based app access, and self-service password resets and group management.
For EMS, Windows Intune is allegedly being upgraded to handled thousands of devices without System Center. It should also soon support Windows Phone 8.1, and Samsung's Knox security platform for Android.
Microsoft is expected to announce both Office for iPad and EMS during a webcast at 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern.