Windows 10 News You Can Use – August 2017

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Windows 10 news for August 2017. Categories:

deployment | security | productivity | windows insider highlights

Deployment & Management

  1. Details have been released as to which processors can be used with Windows products (including Custom Images). For each listed edition, your company must use only the processors listed, as specified in the table below. The requirements below apply whenever the edition below is pre-installed or provided on external media, including as downgrade or down edition software.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows-processor-requirements
  2. Recommended settings and configurations for Win10 VDI desktops
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/rds-vdi-recommendations
  3. Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
    https://support.microsoft.com/sr-latn-rs/help/4034825/features-that-are-removed-or-deprecated-in-windows-10-fall-creators-up
  4. As part of the alignment with Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, we are also adopting common terminology to make it as easy as possible to understand the servicing process.  The names Current Branch (and CB for Business) and Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) are being replaced with Semi-Annual Channel and Long-Term Servicing Channel.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/27/waas-simplified-and-aligned
  5. Now Available: Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/07/28/now-available-update-1706-for-system-center-configuration-manager
  6. For the past several months, Microsoft has shared insights on our roll out approach for Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703). We’re now moving from a targeted offering to full availability for all compatible devices running Windows 10 Creators Update globally via Windows Update. Similarly, our commercial customers should feel confident to deploy this release broadly across their organizations.
    http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/27/windows-10-creators-update-fully-available-for-all-windows-10-customers
  7. IT use has evolved. The modern workplace encompasses multiple device platforms, user- and business-owned devices, and the ability for users to work anywhere. Transforming the process for deploying new Windows 10 PCs is an important part of Microsoft’s vision for modern IT.
    https://info.microsoft.com/en-us-landing-ondemand-ModernizethedeploymentprocesswithWindowsAutoPilot.html
  8. Last month Microsoft announced Windows Analytics Device Health, the latest addition to the suite of Windows Analytics functionality designed to ensure employees have the best possible experience with Windows 10.  Through the proactive insights provided by Device Health, we believe we can help you save time and money by reducing helpdesk calls and keeping employees productive.  We are happy to announce that the public preview of Windows Analytics Device Health is available for you to try.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/31/try-device-health-now

Security

  1. After October 10, 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1511 will no longer receive security and quality updates. Microsoft recommends updating devices to the latest version of Windows 10.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4035050
  2. Microsoft IT looked to the capabilities of the cloud to help address the challenges of monitoring and protecting the corporate network from advanced adversaries and threats. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) combines built-in behavioral sensors, machine learning, and security analytics that quickly adapt to changing threats.
    https://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase/Article/Content/935/Windows-Defender-ATP-helps-analysts-investigate-and-respond-to-threats
  3. Windows Defender Antivirus cloud protection service: Advanced real-time defense against never-before-seen malware. In Windows 10 Creators Update, the Windows Defender AV client uploads suspicious files to the cloud protection service for rapid analysis. Our ability to make a swift assessment of new and unknown files allows us to protect customers from malware the first time we see it.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2017/07/18/windows-defender-antivirus-cloud-protection-service-advanced-real-time-defense-against-never-before-seen-malware/
  4. Solving the TLS 1.0 Problem – This document presents guidance on rapidly identifying and removing Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol version 1.0 dependencies in software built on top of Microsoft operating systems. It is intended to be used as a starting point for building a migration plan to a TLS 1.2+ network environment.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55266
  5. With Windows 10, your needs have guided our product development. We’ve designed Windows 10 to be the safest, most secure Windows yet. Our goals are to simplify IT administration and to deliver more personal and productive experiences with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) on modern, powerful devices. Find out how your organization can prepare for today’s security threats.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/Windows-security
  6. Microsoft would like to provide you with the latest information to keep you up-to-date with modern security advancements from Windows, through the latest Modern Security Information Kit.
    https://info.microsoft.com/ModernSecurityInformationKit.html

Productivity

  1. We’re excited to introduce you to the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, a premium quality keyboard that brings the convenience and security of Windows Hello fingerprint sign-in to any PC running Windows 10. With the new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, you can use your finger to sign into your Windows devices, and compatible apps**, with Windows Hello in less than 2 seconds – that’s 3 times faster*** than a password that you have to remember and type in.
    https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2017/07/27/introducing-new-microsoft-keyboard-brings-windows-hello-windows-10-pc
  2. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/24/ms-paint-stay

Windows Insider Highlights

  1. Beginning in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we intend to disable VBScript execution in IE 11 for websites in the Internet Zone and the Restricted Sites Zone by default, to provide a more secure experience.
    https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/07/07/update-disabling-vbscript-internet-explorer-11
  2. The End of an Era – Adobe announced that Flash will no longer be supported after 2020. Microsoft will phase out support for Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer ahead of this date.
    http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/07/25/flash-on-windows-timeline
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