Mobile Device Management Options


Mobile Device Management or MDM is a headache for all IT departments who allow mobile devices to connect and sync company information.  The issues of protecting company data and information become even worse in today's "bring your own device" world, employees want the ability to use their own personal devices for both business and personal use. How does IT manage the balance between company security and end user efficiency?  Many find the balance by utilizing an MDM tool.    

Microsoft has moved into MDM space these past several years; early on with Exchange ActiveSync, later with the development of the InTune solution, and now with Office 365.

There are some key differences between how each service manages your mobile devices. They are outlined in the provided chart above, but we will also give more specifics below.



Exchange ActiveSync:

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Exchange ActiveSync is a client protocol that lets you synchronize a mobile device with your Exchange mailbox. Exchange ActiveSync is enabled by default when you install Microsoft Exchange 2013.  Basically, this technology only contains the most rudimentary of MDM policies.  As shown above, IT has limited things that it can do including basic inventory, device lock, full device wipe, basic on/ off provisioning, and security pin requirements.


MDM for Office 365:


With Office 365, administrators will get the tools necessary to manage the corporate items, email and documents, across multiple platforms i.e. iOS and Android, for no additional cost!

For a quick video overview of MDM for Office 365, check out this.

Microsoft Intune:


Companies can provide employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure. Includes all of the following + all of the MDM for Office 365 capabilities.

For a quick video demo of MDM for Microsoft Intune, check out this.



Confused on your options?  Interlink is available to talk you through the options and determine what is best for your organization. Contact us here or at 800-900-1150!