Microsoft improves Windows 10 for business users

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In Microsoft’s new post detailing its November update, Microsoft also detailed new features coming for business users running Windows 10. Windows Update for business, and Windows store for business. While Microsoft previously mentioned them at /Build/, this is the first time the company is actually rolling them out.

  • 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

Other business-focused features Microsoft announced include management features and security

  • 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. And of course, Windows 10 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.
  • Security Features,
    • 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, our free anti-malware service protecting almost 300 million Windows devices every day.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is now on over 110 computers and growing, the company is now extending its reach to even more business users in the hopes of winning them over the the OS in all its forms.

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