Samsung has further enhanced the enterprise credentials of its Knox security platform by adding support for Microsoft's Workplace Join feature that enables administrators to apply policies to employee-owned devices.
Samsung – which launched an updated version of Knox at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Tuesday – said that it worked with Microsoft to add Workplace Join support. This will improve security and productivity for workers using Knox-enabled devices such as the new Samsung Galaxy S5.
Injong Rhee, senior vice president of the Knox Business Group, 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."
Microsoft announced Workplace Join last year as a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2. Designed to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schemes, Workplace Join provides a middle ground between all or nothing access. When a user registers their device, IT can access some network resources while still enforcing some policies against the device.
Samsung claimed that this is the first time that full support for Workplace Join has been available on the Android platform, and that the capability will be available on all Knox devices in the coming months.
The firm also said that Microsoft's Windows Intune cloud-based service for managing endpoint devices provides support for Samsung mobile devices with the Knox platform.
By implementing management APIs provided on the Knox Standard platform, IT administrators can comprehensively manage Samsung mobile devices via the Windows Intune administration console and enable device access in high-security environments, the firm said.
Microsoft's Bob Kelly, corporate vice president for Cloud and Enterprise Business Development, welcomed the move. "We are pleased to work with Samsung to bring Microsoft's trusted, cloud-enabled, enterprise BYOD capabilities to Samsung devices.
"Like Windows device users, Samsung mobile customers will now be able to take advantage of seamless authentication for access to enterprise resources, and Enterprise IT will be able to manage those devices and users through the cloud with Windows Intune."
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