Microsoft and Adobe have often collaborated in the past to offer joint solutions to customers. Last year, Adobe PDF services arrived to OneDrive and Sharepoint. Later that year, both firms teamed up with SAP to make consumer data available across all platforms. More recently, Microsoft offered three months of Adobe CC Photography to Office 365 subscribers.
Today, the companies are taking the next step in their relationship, bringing Microsoft Intune integration for the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on both Android and iOS. With this move, the Acrobat Reader for Intune mobile app has become redundant, and as such, it will be reach end-of-service by the start of December.
In essence, this integration entails "industry-leading protection" for documents and forms that are to be handled on mobile devices. In other words, Acrobat Reader now has the same level of simplification and security that can be expected from Office 365 mobile apps. Importantly, Intune is noted to be protecting enterprise data at the app level. This means that both managed and unmanaged devices will fall under the scope of security offered by the Microsoft 365 service.
Furthermore, Intune can also detect whether a user is working upon personal or company-related documents. Therefore, company security policies will only be applied if it's the latter case, making it easier to separate both experiences. For now, this multi-identity functionality is only offered on Adobe for iOS devices.
Moving on, IT admins who had deployed the aforementioned Acrobat Reader for Intune app for their users need not worry; all their existing app-protection policies will be carried to the standard Acrobat Reader application. However, the users will need to be on the latest versions of Acrobat Reader on their mobile devices - version 19.6 and above on the Play Store and version 07.00 on the App Store. You can also check out this list to find out all apps that have opted for Intune protection, including both Microsoft and third-party applications.