Q. Is it true that if I cover my machines with Windows Intune, I can upgrade those machines to Windows 7 Enterprise and get access to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)?

A. Windows Intune is Microsoft's cloud-based PC management solution. It offers some capabilities similar to the on-premise System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) solution, including Microsoft update management, malware protection, inventory, remote assistance, and alerts and monitoring. Intune, it its current, first version, doesn't offer software or OS deployment. Intune can be great for organizations that can't deploy SCCM or that have pockets of users outside of their corporate environment who they still want to manage.

Intune is a per-computer, per-month subscription. As part of that subscription, as long as the computer has Windows 7 Professional or Business, the Intune subscription gives the right to upgrade that machine to Windows 7 Enterprise. For an additional $1 a month per computer, MDOP can also be added, giving access to all of MDOP's features, including Microsoft Application Virtualization, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Advanced Group Policy Management, Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, Desktop Error Monitoring, and Asset Inventory Service.

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