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Samsung Knox enabled devices get Microsoft Workplace Join support

Firm looks to enhance its enterprise security credentials
Fri Feb 28 2014, 13:34
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SAMSUNG ANNOUNCED on Friday that its Knox security software suite now supports Microsoft's Workplace Join feature, as it looks to enhance its enterprise security credentials to challenge iOS and Windows Phone.

Samsung said it has been working with Microsoft to add support to its Knox enabled Android devices for Workplace Join, a feature designed to support bring your own device (BYOD) policies, under which IT managers to keen to keep an eye on employees' devices. Samsung said that this is the firm time that support for Microsoft Workplace Join has been available on Google's mobile operating system.

Samsung's partnership with Microsoft will allow IT administrators to manage employees using Knox enabled devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5. This sees Samsung extending the security credentials of its Android devices as it looks to develop a greater presence in the enterprise mobility market.

Injong Rhee, SVP of the Knox business group at Samsung, said, "Samsung developed Knox as a secure and complete mobile platform for the enterprise and we continue to evolve it to protect and respond to ever-changing enterprise mobility and security challenges.

"As a proud and long standing Microsoft partner, we are delighted to be able to offer their Workplace Join users with the full security and support that the Samsung Knox platform offers. We are also pleased that Microsoft has enabled device management through Windows Intune, enabling enterprise IT managers to take full advantage of the management capabilities offered by Samsung Knox."

In addition, Samsung announced today that Knox also has added support for Windows Intune and Samsung Cloud Printing, allowing users of devices such as the Galaxy S5 to easily print documents straight from their smartphone.

Samsung unveiled a new version of its Knox security suite at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, adding features such as two-factor authentication, certificate management, VPN+ and an enhanced container. It also unveiled Knox Marketplace, an enterprise mobility storefront where IT managers can buy apps such as Box and Microsoft Office 365. µ

 

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