Announcing the Intune App SDK

One of the challenges enterprises face in a cloud-first, mobile-first world is protecting sensitive data in the face of an increasing number of business critical mobile apps running on employee owned devices. To help tackle these challenges, Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is designed to help organizations manage mobile devices and applications. This is achieved by helping organizations maintain a single identity across a number of apps and keep sensitive company and personal data protected not only on Windows but Android and iOS as well.

As a core part of EMS, the recent Microsoft Intune release includes improvements to their Mobile Application Management capabilities that will extend its policy management features to any custom or ISV app built using native technologies through the integration of the Intune App SDK. In addition, the team is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for participating in a preliminary Intune App SDK beta for select customers targeting Cordova, and Xamarin based apps. Once available, you’ll be able to quickly add the SDK to your app from Visual Studio 2015 including cross-platform apps built with Tools for Apache Cordova or Xamarin.

The end result is that nearly any app will be able to take advantage of Intune’s comprehensive security features and centralized management functions. Administrators can require corporate credentials to be used to access the app, encrypt data on the device, restrict cut-copy-paste access, and more, right from the Intune console.

InTune Console

These capabilities complement Intune’s existing Mobile Device Management capabilities and an internal app store for Android, iOS, and Windows designed to provide piece of mind while still ensuring that deploying apps to employee or corporate owned devices is as simple as possible.

Mobile device management capabilities

The App SDK is already in use by a number of partners including SAP as profiled yesterday in this blog post and video.

Beginning today the Intune team is accepting requests for access to preview of the Intune App SDK for Cordova plugin in an upcoming preliminary beta for select customers. We are looking for companies interested in developing secure apps using Intune along with Cordova or Xamarin and are willing to try out early bits.

If you are interested, contact us today and, if accepted, You’ll get the opportunity to participate in Insider Groups such as Intune app SDK for Cordova or Xamarin based on your interests. We’ll contact you via email using the information you provide and send you the Intune App SDK when it is ready to try with your technology of choice. Microsoft collects, handles, and uses that information in accordance with our privacy statement.

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Chuck Lantz

Chuck Lantz, Program Manager, Visual Studio Client Tools Team
@chuxel

Chuck spent over 15 years as developer, advocate, and architect in a variety of mid and large scale enterprise IT shops. He brought his passion for app development to Microsoft in 2012 and is currently focused on cross-platform mobile app development.

Sam Tulimat

Sam Tulimat, Program Manager, Microsoft Intune team
@samtulim

Sam works on the Microsoft Intune team at Microsoft’s Boston office. He developed a love for technology when he started an internet Café in his home country of Syria. Later on he decided to bring his love for Entrepreneurship and tech to Microsoft by focusing on the fast evolving technology for app management and data protection in the enterprise.