What is Microsoft Intune app management?
As an IT admin, you can use Microsoft Intune to manage the client apps that your company's workforce uses. This functionality is in addition to managing devices and protecting data. One of an admin's priorities is to ensure that end users have access to the apps they need to do their work. This goal can be a challenge because:
- There are a wide range of device platforms and app types.
- You might need to manage apps on both company devices and users' personal devices.
- You must ensure that your network and your data remain secure.
Additionally, you might want to assign and manage apps on devices that are not enrolled with Intune.
Mobile Application Management (MAM) basics
Intune mobile application management refers to the suite of Intune management features that lets you publish, push, configure, secure, monitor, and update mobile apps for your users.
MAM allows you to manage and protects your organization's data within an application. With MAM without enrollment (MAM-WE), a work or school-related app that contains sensitive data can be managed on almost any device, including personal devices in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios. Many productivity apps, such as the Microsoft Office apps, can be managed by Intune MAM. See the official list of Microsoft Intune protected apps available for public use.
Intune MAM supports two configurations:
- Intune MDM + MAM: IT administrators can only manage apps using MAM and app protection policies on devices that are enrolled with Intune mobile device management (MDM). To manage apps using MDM + MAM, customers should use the Intune console in the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com.
- MAM without device enrollment: MAM without device enrollment, or MAM-WE, allows IT administrators to manage apps using MAM and app protection policies on devices not enrolled with Intune MDM. This means apps can be managed by Intune on devices enrolled with third-party EMM providers. To manage apps using MAM-WE, customers should use the Intune console in the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com. Also, apps can be managed by Intune on devices enrolled with third-party Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers or not enrolled with an MDM at all. For more information about BYOD and Microsoft's EMS, see Technology decisions for enabling BYOD with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).
App management capabilities by platform
Intune offers a range of capabilities to help you get the apps you need on the devices you want to run them on. The following table provides a summary of app management capabilities.
|Android/Android Enterprise||iOS||macOS||Windows 10||Windows Phone 8.1|
|Add and assign apps to devices and users||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Assign apps to devices not enrolled with Intune||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Use app configuration policies to control the startup behavior of apps||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Use mobile app provisioning policies to renew expired apps||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Protect company data in apps with app protection policies||Yes||Yes||No||No 1||No|
|Remove only corporate data from an installed app (app selective wipe)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Monitor app assignments||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Assign and track volume-purchased apps from an app store||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Mandatory install of apps on devices (required) 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional installation on devices from the Company Portal (available installation)||Yes 3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Install shortcut to an app on the web (web link)||Yes 4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|In-house (line-of-business) apps||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Apps from a store||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
1 Consider using Windows Information Protection to protect apps on devices that run Windows 10.
2 Applies to devices managed by Intune only.
3 Intune supports available apps from Managed Google Play store on Android Enterprise devices.
4 Intune does not provide installing a shortcut to an app as a web link on standard Android Enterprise devices. However, Web link support is provided for multi-app dedicated Android Enterprise devices.
You can find most app-related information in the Apps workload, which you can access by doing the following:
Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center.
The next four sections describe the options available in the Apps pane.
- Apps: Select this option to add, view, assign, and monitor the apps that your workforce uses. For more information, see:
- App configuration policies: Select this option to supply settings that might be required when a user runs an app. For more information, see:
- App protection policies: Select this option to associate settings with an app and help protect the company data it uses. For example, you might restrict the capabilities of an app to communicate with other apps, or you might require the user to enter a PIN to access a company app. For more information, see:
- App selective wipe: Select this option to remove only corporate data from a selected user's device. For more information, see:
- iOS app provisioning profiles: iOS apps include a provisioning profile and code that is signed by a certificate. When the certificate expires, the app can no longer be run. Intune gives you the tools to proactively assign a new provisioning profile policy to devices that have apps that are nearing expiration. For more information, see:
For more information about this section, see Manage apps.
- App licenses: View, assign, and monitor volume-purchased apps from the app stores. For more information, see:
- Discovered Apps: View apps that were assigned by Intune or installed on a device. For more information, see Intune discovered apps.
- App Install Status: View the status of an app assignment that you created. For more information, see Monitor app information and assignments with Microsoft Intune.
- App protection status: View the status of an app protection policy for a user that you select.
- Audit logs: View the Intune app-related activity of all IT admins.
For more information about this section, see Monitor apps.
- iOS VPP tokens: Apply and view your iOS Volume Purchase Program (VPP) licenses. For more information, see:
- Windows enterprise certificate: Apply or view the status of a code-signing certificate that's used to distribute line-of-business apps to your managed Windows devices.
- Windows Symantec certificate: Apply or view the status of a Symantec code-signing certificate, which is needed to distribute XAP and WP8.x appx files to Windows 10 Mobile devices.
- Microsoft Store for Business: Set up integration to the Microsoft Store for Business. Afterward, you can synchronize purchased applications to Intune, assign them, and track your license usage. For more information, see:
- Windows side loading keys: Add a Windows side-loading key that can be used to install an app directly to devices rather than publishing and downloading the app from the Windows store. For more information, see:
- Company Portal branding: Customize the Company Portal to give it your company branding. For more information, see:
- App categories: Add, pin, and delete app category names.
- Android work profile: Approve and sync the apps that you have approved for your enterprise. For more information, see:
Help and support
- Help and support: Troubleshoot, request support, or view Intune status. For more information, see: