Microsoft's "everything as a service" push is continuing, with its System Center Configuration Manager the next product to get the treatment.
In a couple of October 27 blog posts, Microsoft officials outlined the company's plans to turn Configuration Manager into a regularly updated service, with Microsoft pushing new features to users at more rapid and regular intervals.Microsoft officials signaled earlier this year that the company would be moving toward more of a service-centric Windows and device management model as it made available more pieces of its promised "Windows Update for Business."
From Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson's blog post today:
Over the past three months, you have seen us release a steady stream of Technical Previews - culminating most recently in our 1510 update (more details are here). During this time, we have completed the work necessary to deliver ConfigMgr more as an 'as-a-Service" product. Going forward, we will release frequent updates to ConfigMgr - and these updates will be denoted with a year and a month, i.e. YYMM.