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How Microsoft plans to make apps manageable

Mark Hachman | May 14, 2014
Microsoft shows off a future in which all of its apps will be subject to corporate data policies that limit the flow of proprietary information.

Julia White, the general manager of the Office business, showed off how a corporate spreadsheet opened on the iPad would automatically trigger the appropriate Office for iPad app--and, how, under corporate management, only certain actions could be taken. That included the app blocking a table being pasted into an email if corporate policy disallowed it.

It's all a capability of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite, an extension of Microsoft's Intune technology. Mobile app management may be an enterprise capability, but it will have an effect on the average worker. Businesses that have bought into Microsoft's vision will soon see Office capabilities locked down further, especially on the mobile front.


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