Month: May 2017

Windows 10 News You Can Use – May 2017

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For this May 2017 edition of “Windows 10 news you can use”, the highlight is the release of the Windows 10 Creators Updates (aka R2, aka 1703). Since there is a lot of news surrounding the release, this newsletter is broken down into three sections.

General Win10 News

  1. ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) about Windows as a service event will give you the opportunity to connect with members of the Windows product and engineering teams, who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback – held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/04/24/save-the-date-windows-as-a-service-ama-on-may-4th
  2. Windows 10 IT Pro content map – A comprehensive list of resources designed to help IT professionals explore, plan for, deploy, manage, and support Windows 10
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54962
  3. Announcing the Windows Insider Program for Business. Insiders can now register for Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds on their PC using their corporate credentials in Azure Active Directory. Using corporate credentials will enable you to increase the visibility of your organization’s feedback – especially on features that support productivity and business needs. You’ll also be able to better advocate for the needs of your organization, and have real-time dialogue with Microsoft on features critical to specific business needs.
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/07/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16170-pc
  4. A series of videos and blog posts are being published introduce you to the best of Microsoft Edge and share tips and tricks for making the most out of your browsing experience
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/tag/a-week-with-microsoft-edge
  5. Announcement on the new release cadence of Office 365 ProPlus and SCCM along with Windows 10 branches
    https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/04/20/windows-office-align-feature-release-schedules-benefit-customers
  6. Microsoft IT showcase – Enhancing remote access in Windows 10 with an automatic VPN profile
    https://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase/Article/Content/894/Enhancing-remote-access-in-Windows-10-with-an-automatic-VPN-profile

Windows 10 1703

  1. A consolidated description of content features and related resources for IT Pros to learn about what’s new in Windows 10, version 1703
  2. With the Creators Update, we’re upgrading Microsoft Edge with dozens of new features and under-the-hood improvements to make the best browser on Windows 10 faster, leaner, and more capable than ever.
    http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/04/11/introducing-edgehtml-15
  3. New Microsoft Mechanics videos
  4. Microsoft shares what is collected in the Basic telemetry level. With telemetry enabled, Microsoft is giving back to customers with data-driven insights from the Windows Analytics suite to reduce the costs of deploying, servicing, and supporting Windows 10.
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/05/windows-10-privacy-journey-continues-more-transparency-and-controls-for-you

Windows 10 Security

  1. Windows 10 Security in Real Life – experts provide an in-depth look at the most secure Windows ever, and see how to put the new features to work for you right away, as you build up your Windows 10 security skills
    https://mva.microsoft.com/en-US/training-courses/windows-10-security-in-real-life-17127?l=Xz1vNy5XD_104300474
  2. Microsoft published a “ransomware response playbook”, which outlines a scenario-driven story about how WDATP can help protect against ransomware in the enterprise
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55090
  3. Recent Gartner research explores the new Windows threat resistance security features that are important to security and risk management leaders
    http://www.gartner.com/reprints/?id=1-3XQ818D&ct=170411&st=sb
  4. A new, more thorough Windows Defender Antivirus library on TechNet with an impressive 47 topics and 164 pages!
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/keep-secure/windows-defender-antivirus-in-windows-10