Microsoft has extended its beta trial of the Windows Intune PC management service from 1,000 users in North America to 10,000 businesses in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.
Intune was unveiled in April, and allows IT staff to remotely monitor and manage company PCs through a single cloud-based console.
The service costs $11 (£7.30) a month per PC, and will primarily target mid-sized businesses that lack large IT departments.
Microsoft explained that it is also offering Intune to IT services firms looking to offer customers remote support and management.
"Businesses get a great deal with Windows Intune for several reasons," said Microsoft Intune group product manager Alex Heaton in a blog post.
"Windows Intune is built on a cloud service, so customers and partners can realise the benefits of a modern PC management and security system without the upfront software licences, server hardware, and IT labour costs required to set up traditional on-premise solutions."
Microsoft said that it plans to launch the final release of the service early next year in all of the current beta countries, with a larger global expansion to follow throughout 2011.
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