Yesterday, Microsoft officially released the highly anticipated Windows 10. The release is a milestone for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT can manage all devices running the new software. In Windows 10, AirWatch customers can manage all devices running the new software, including laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets, from the single, unified AirWatch console. The improvements in Windows 10 address many of the challenges that have traditionally limited the impact of the Windows environment in the mobile-cloud era, in part by introducing innovations and progress seen from the shift to the mobile platform from the PC.
In the below video, product manager Jason Roszak outlines the enterprise mobility features in Windows 10.
Earlier this summer, the blog featured a list of the Top 10 things IT pros should know about Windows 10. As Roszak highlights in the above video, streamlined deployment, a unified app experience and advanced security features encompass the main enterprise themes of Windows 10.
Windows 10 introduces several new deployment methods to enroll devices, authenticate users and configure devices with corporate resources to get users up and running quickly. AirWatch will support these new features, including runtime provisioning, out of the box experience, cloud domain join and over the air configuration to simplify the setup, distribution and management of AirWatch devices running Windows 10. AirWatch will also provision certificates to integrate with new technologies Windows Hello and Passport for Work. These additions to Windows 10 will authenticate users through biometrics or Azure Active Directory integration to eliminate or complement passwords.
For the unified app experience, Windows 10 introduces a consolidated application deployment experience that will give AirWatch customers the ability to manage Win32 apps alongside universal, web and remote apps. Previous experiences were fragmented and required end users to navigate to websites and provide app specific login credentials. The universal Windows Store will be a distribution point for most application types and will introduce a corporate-friendly Business Store Portal (BSP) to manage apps on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops via AirWatch EMM.
AirWatch customers can take advantage of several advanced security and data loss prevention (DLP) features introduced in Windows 10, including Device Guard against malware, Secure Boot for trusted software installation and Health Attestation for enterprise health checks and compliance.
Windows advanced DLP system, Enterprise Data Protection (EDP), will protect data at the file-system level and be transparent for end users. With EDP, customers can differentiate corporate and personal data on the device to apply more granular controls to enterprise data.
Also included in Windows 10 are new features for update management. Windows 10 introduces a smart system for deploying updates to enterprise users with Windows Update for Business. This new program, available through AirWatch management solutions, will allow IT to control the deployment schedule for feature and security updates on enterprise devices through methods including distribution rings, maintenance windows, peer-to-peer delivery and integration with existing tools.
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