Month: February 2018

Windows 10 News You Can Use – February 2018

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 Win10NewsLogo Windows 10 news you can use, February 2018 edition

Providing insights into Windows 10 deployment & management, security & compliance, and productivity

In other news related to Windows 10…

Deployment & Management
  1.  Windows 10 1709 is now designated as a Semi-Annual Channel release (e.g. formerly known as Current Branch for Business).
  2. To gain insights into the health and performance of more than 300,000 Windows 10 devices, Microsoft began using Device Heath, a new service in Windows Analytics. Available through the Microsoft Operations Management Suite, Device Health analyzes telemetry and provides details about device and driver crashes. This data helps us monitor our environment and quickly resolve issues.
  3. Collecting members of the Local Administrators group via SCCM.
  4. An important feature for desktop application developers is the ability to view detailed analytics about application performance and its popularity with users. Until today, developers had difficulty accessing these analytics without cobbling together multiple tools. With the new Windows Desktop Program, developers now have a convenient, one-stop portal to view their desktop application analytics or access the data via an API. Statistics and charts quickly show how the applications are doing– from how many customers they’ve reached to detailed performance data on crashes and failures. With these analytics, developers can better track and prioritize fixes, monitor the distribution of their application, prepare and improve the overall experience for their customers.
Security & Compliance
  1. Get an end-to-end look at the security features and technologies in Windows 10 that can help you protect your data, devices, and identity. Join Windows Security Senior Product Manager Chris Hallum as he walks you through the features and tools that have shipped to date and provides insight into what’s to come. This one-hour webcast will take from place Tuesday, February 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time and will cover protecting data on lost and stolen devices, replacing passwords with multi-factor authentication, using data separation, containment, and encryption to help prevent accidental data leaks, and much more.
  2. Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems.  Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group describes the discovered vulnerabilities as clearly as possible, discusses what customers can do to help keep themselves safe, and shares what Microsoft has learned so far about performance impacts.
  3. Windows 10: Multi-layer defense against ransomware attacks. The year 2017 saw three global ransomware outbreaks driven by multiple propagation and infection techniques that are not necessarily new but not typically observed in ransomware. While there are technologies available on Windows 7 to mitigate attacks, Windows 10’s comprehensive set of platform mitigations and next-generation technologies cover these attack methods.
  4. Customers that deployed Microsoft’s security baseline for Windows 10 v1709 might have experienced device and component failures. The BitLocker GPO settings recommended in the Windows security configuration baselines for Windows 10 include enabling “Disable new DMA devices when this computer is locked” to defend against Direct Memory Access (DMA) attacks. Windows’ internal implementation underlying that Group Policy setting was modified for v1709 to strengthen its enforcement. However, the change inadvertently led to some device and component failures on v1709 that are described in KB article 4057300, including potential problems with network adapters, audio devices, and pointing devices.
  5. Exposing fileless malware attacks with Windows Defender ATP and mitigating attacks against the endpoint with next-gen security technologies in Windows 10.
  6. Data privacy will continue to be a priority towards making Windows 10 the best and most secure experience. From improving in-product control, transparency and information about your privacy, while providing a complete list of the diagnostic data collected at the Basic level, among others, to launching the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard and the enhancements we’ve made since then, we want you to be able to easily see and manage your activity data online across multiple Microsoft services.
  7. Looking for information on how Windows 10 Enterprise can enable and support HIPAA compliance, privacy, and security? Download the latest version of the “HIPAA Compliance with Microsoft Windows 10” white paper, which now includes the updates found in Windows 10, version 1709.
  8. Rapid cyberattacks like Petya and WannaCrypt have reset our expectations on the speed and scope of damage that a cyberattack can inflict. The Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group Detection and Response team worked extensively to help customers respond to and recover from these kinds of attacks. In 2017, among the global enterprise customers that we worked with, these rapid cyberattacks took down most or all IT systems in just about one hour, resulting in $200M – 300M USD of damage at several customers.
  9. There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program. Starting March 1, 2018, Windows Defender Antivirus and other Microsoft security products will classify programs that display coercive messages as unwanted software, which will be detected and removed.
  1. Windows 10 Tip: Add 3D to your PowerPoint presentation in 5 steps
  2. Windows 10 Tip: Get started with the Mixed Reality Viewer app.
  3. Easily and securely manage devices –  Windows 10 helps to manage devices efficiently and cost effectively while reducing business disruptions, as you make new devices available to your employees.
  4. Fuel your creativity with powerful devices and apps – Use Surface Studio and Windows 10 to transform the way you sketch, model, and share your creative ideas.
  5. Use your device like a PC to stay productive and secure – Maintain the high level of productivity you need, wherever you are, by leveraging the seamless, secure mobile experience offered by Windows 10.
  6. Use integrated apps and devices to improve healthcare patient care – Gain secure, speedy access to lab results, specialist recommendations, patient notes, scheduling, and more from your Microsoft 365 powered device and your clinic’s integrated apps.
  7. Streamline healthcare lab operations while ensuring compliance – Improve your lab’s testing operations and ensure regulatory compliance by using powerful, modern devices.