Microsoft recently announced beta versions of its system center configuration manager products. According to the company, SSCM 2012 assesses, deploys and updates servers, clients and devices across physical, virtual and mobile environments. Microsoft also announced a beta version for its system center virtual machine manager 2012 product, which delivers virtual machine management and services deployment.

Microsoft is aiming to allow people to access corporate services from anywhere, no matter what device they are using, including Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, and Android-based products.

According to the Microsoft Download site, the products help “streamline operations with a unified infrastructure that integrates client management and protection across mobile, physical and virtual environments. Improved capabilities, such as Forefront Endpoint Protection integration, role based administration, and virtualization scenario support, will simplify both infrastructure and processes for IT.”

This may seem like a great idea for customers working with devices that are not Microsoft products, but ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley asserted the company will be removing a key advantage it claims for its Windows slates by this move.

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