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The only way mobile devices on a company network have been tolerable to IT is the existence of some level of management tools, mainly MDM (Mobile Device Management). MDM was created by RIM for its BlackBerry devices, cloned by Apple for iPhones, and now there are likely over 100 companies all over the world cloning the same basic set of APIs. Some version of them work on everything — except Microsoft’s Surface and other Windows RT devices.

The full version of Windows 8, which runs on Intel CPU-based devices like Microsoft’s forthcoming Surface Pro, doesn’t really need MDM, although it may eventually be available for it. Since it runs Windows 8, it has all the Active Directory-based management facilities that are available for Windows desktops and notebooks, including the incredibly powerful Group Policy Objects. In terms of capability, these make MDM and the newer generation of EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) tools look like the primitive toys that they are.

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