New Management Services for Office 365 ProPlus Announced
Microsoft has previewed a new cloud-based management service for Office 365 ProPlus that enables Office 365 administrators to centrally create and manage policies for Office 365 ProPlus applications. Policy distribution by the Office Client Policy Service requires no managed infrastructure or mobile device management and is controlled by security groups from the Azure Active Directory. Active policies are enforced whenever a user signs in to an Office 365 ProPlus application.
According to a blog post, this new service will not replace Active Directory Group Policy, but rather is another option for managing Office 365 settings, especially those devices that are not connected to the Active Directory domain.
The Office Client Policy Service preview can be tested by any organization with an Office 365 ProPlus subscription. Activation takes place via the Office 365 Client Management Portal.