Microsoft has announced the availability of the first major update to Windows 10. As part of Windows as a service, the November update delivers significant updates for business customers, including Windows Update for Business, Windows Store for Business, Mobile Device Management, Azure Active Directory and new security features.
Windows 10 is now faster, more compatible and includes new innovations like Cortana Inking and expansion to new markets, improvements to Microsoft Edge and support for better photo viewing from Explorer.
With this first major update to Windows 10, Microsoft is empowering enterprises to do more—with the platform which spans all device types, enables management of both corporate owned and BYOD, and upgrades existing devices. Windows 10, currently, is running on more than 110 million devices including 12 million business PCs.
Windows 10 is designed to simplify IT, and help manage the increasingly complex modern workplace by providing secure and reliable features:
Windows Update for Business provides IT controls over the deployment of updates within their organizations, while ensuring their devices are kept current and their security needs are met, at reduced management cost. Features include setting up device groups with staggered deployments and scaling deployments with network optimizations
Windows Store for Business provides IT a flexible way to find, acquire, manage and distribute apps to Windows 10 devices – both Windows Store apps and custom line of business apps. Organizations can choose their preferred distribution method by directly assigning apps, publishing apps to a private store, or connecting with management solutions
Mobile Device Management, empowers IT to use the full power of Enterprise Mobility Management to manage the entire family of Windows devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, and IOT. Windows 10 is the only platform that can manage BYOD scenarios from the device to the apps to the data on those devices – safely and securely. It is fully compatible with the existing management infrastructure used with PCs, giving IT control over how they bridge between two capabilities
Azure Active Directory Join, empowers IT to maintain one directory, enabling people to have one login and securely roam their Windows settings and data across all of their Windows 10 devices. AAD Join also enables any machine to become enterprise ready with a few simple clicks by anyone in the organization
Microsoft has built Windows 10 as the most secure operating system that can protect the enterprises from all modern data security threats with the help of features like:
Credential Guard safeguards credentials inside a hardware-based virtualized environment and breaks the popular “pass the hash” used in many major breaches
Device Guard uses Trusted Boot to prevent intruders from installing malware, helping to keep company devices secure
Windows Hello enables people to say goodbye to passwords with enterprise-grade biometrics including fingerprint and facial recognition
Windows Defender, free anti-malware service protecting almost 300 million Windows devices every day