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ManageEngine Manages Mobile Apps with Desktop Central

Also New: Support for iOS 6, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012; Integrated Chat

PLEASANTON, Calif. - September 25, 2012 - ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced it supports mobile application management in the latest release of Desktop Central, its server and desktop management software. In addition to the expansion of its mobile device management capabilities, Desktop Central has also been enhanced with integrated chat and support for Apple iOS 6, Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Employee mobility has become one of the key areas that enterprises focus on to maximize their productivity. In turn, use of mobile apps - both in-house and commercial - within the enterprise is soaring, making mobile application management a critical capability in IT departments. Likewise, the enduring popularity of the operating systems for Apple devices as well as Microsoft Windows devices and servers is making it imperative for IT organizations to support iOS 6 and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

"The worldwide smartphone and mobile market is expected to grow exponentially in the years to come," says Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management at ManageEngine. "As more and more companies go mobile, we committed to meeting the increasing demands placed on today's enterprises by continuously improving our mobile device management feature set. Mobile application management is simply the latest example of that commitment."

Mastering Mobile Apps, Windows 8 and Chat

Desktop Central adds mobile application management functionality via its Mobile Device Management (MDM) add-on module. Now, in addition to configuring and securing individual mobile devices and groups of devices, Desktop Central lets IT users perform mobile application management tasks, including

  • create an application repository of both in-house and App Store apps
  • distribute applications to individual devices and groups
  • remove apps from individual devices or groups

ManageEngine also ensures IT departments can manage iOS 6 as well as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 as soon as those Microsoft operating systems are released. To that end, Desktop Central extends full support to Microsoft Windows 8 and Server 2012, enabling users to perform patch management, software deployment, asset management, remote control, power management, configuration management, and USB device management. Meanwhile, iOS 6 devices will be covered by Desktop Central's MDM feature set, which includes profile, security, asset and app management.

Finally, Desktop Central now features integrated chat, enabling collaboration between users - especially between IT administrators and users who need to communicate during the course of troubleshooting desktop issues. The auditing capability in chat helps enterprises stay compliant with standard regulations by recording and securely archiving a copy of each chat session.

Pricing and Availability

Desktop Central 8 is available immediately. Prices start at $10 per computer annually for the Professional Edition. The MDM add-on module support is available on all the editions, and prices start at $15 per device annually. The Free Edition of Desktop Central manages up to 25 computers and two mobile devices. A free, fully-functional trial version is available at http://ow.ly/7R4ke.

For more information on Desktop Central, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/desktop-central/. For more information on ManageEngine, please visit www.manageengine.com; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

Customer Testimonials

Video clips of IT leaders describing their Desktop Central implementations can be seen on the ManageEngine website at http://ow.ly/9koaI.

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About ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central is integrated desktop and mobile device management software that provides software deployment, patch management, service pack installation, asset management, remote control, configurations, system tools, user logon reports and Active Directory reports. It is a network-neutral solution that can be used to manage desktops in Active Directory, Workgroups, or other directory services-based networks like Novell® eDirectory. It can manage computers in multiple domains and can also manage computers across WAN (branch offices). It comes in two flavors - one for an in-premise installation for Enterprises and the other for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to manage their clients' desktops and mobile devices. For more information on ManageEngine Desktop Central, visit http://www.manageengine.com/desktop-central/.

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organization’s need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, more than 60,000 established and emerging enterprises - including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 — rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp. with offices worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, Japan and China. For more information, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

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