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Windows 10 News You Can Use – October 2018

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Microsoft Ignite 2018

There were more than 100 sessions focused on Windows at Microsoft Ignite 2018, and everything from a first look at Desktop Analytics and the Microsoft Managed Desktop to deep dives on Windows Autopilot, Windows servicing, Delivery Optimization, and credential protection, and so much more. Here is a list of the activities that took place for you to review and learn about.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/A-guide-to-Windows-at-Microsoft-Ignite-2018/ba-p/260409

The Microsoft Ignite 2018 Book of News is your guide to ALL the announcements that Microsoft made on Sept. 24, with summaries of the news and links to more information.

Why and how you simplify IT with Microsoft 365. At Microsoft Ignite, Brand Anderson showed 75 minutes worth of examples of how Microsoft has applied a new philosophy to the way we build tools and services for IT pros. We refer to this approach to architecture, development, and end-user experience in Microsoft 365 as being “Integrated for Simplicity.” Our goal with this integrated simplicity is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to shift to a modern desktop and make their modern workplace a reality.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/28/why-and-how-you-simplify-it-with-microsoft-365

Deployment & Management
  1. Free e-book from Microsoft on making the shift to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365. It summarizes top considerations for deploying new PCs or getting PCs back to a business ready state, starting with some of the key things that may have changed since your last major desktop deployment. Followed by a pragmatic step-by-step approach to making the shift.
    https://info.microsoft.com/ww-landing-M365MD-making-the-shift-to-the-modern-desktop-eBook.html
  2. Announcing the Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD), a new initial offering that brings together Microsoft 365 Enterprise, device as a service, and cloud-based device management by Microsoft. MMD enables customers to maximize their IT organizations’ focus on their business while Microsoft manages their modern desktops. We believe that MMD will be an option that allows organizations to fundamentally shift how they think about and manage their IT. Through MMD, customers will be able to move toward a secure, always up-to-date environment with device management by Microsoft.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/17/collaborating-with-customers-and-partners-to-deliver-a-modern-desktop-microsoft-managed-desktop
  3. Join Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson to discover the benefits of a modern desktop, major changes and considerations versus previous deployments and best practices to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. This will guide you through the recommended steps for your shift to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, detailing how to leverage your existing tools and processes while adopting modern management technology and approaches along the way.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/IT-Resources-Training-Blog/How-to-shift-to-a-modern-desktop/ba-p/259907
  4. A modern desktop offers end users the most productive, most secure computing experience—it also saves IT time and money, so you can focus on driving business results. To help you make the shift to a modern desktop, we’re pleased to announce the following important changes. (a) Cloud-based analytics tools to make modern desktop deployment even easier. (b) A program to ensure app compatibility for upgrades and updates of Windows and Office. (c) Servicing and support changes to give you additional deployment flexibility.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/06/helping-customers-shift-to-a-modern-desktop
  5. Windows Autopilot now includes delivering BitLocker policy at OOBE, so you no longer have to decrypt and re-encrypt to get automatic BitLocker devices to meet policy (e.g. 256-bit encryption).
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/at-work-pro/wip-4-biz-whats-new#delivering-bitlocker-policy-to-autopilot-devices-during-oobe
  6. Forrester found that Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is finally a viable alternative to managing PCs and mobile devices separately. Download the free report which holds a comprehensive overview of the current UEM space—along with vendor recommendations, best practices, and caveats.
    https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-M365PD-Forrester-UEM-Finally-Arrives-WhitePaper.html
  7. Reduced Windows 10 package size downloads for x64 systems! The new feature updates, released as Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) files through WSUS, provide you with the option to download the x64 file as a separate package. By separating the files by system type, the download file becomes approximately 2.6 GB for the x64 package, saving you approximately 2.2 GB of download size immediately.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Reduced-Windows-10-package-size-downloads-for-x64-systems/ba-p/262386
  8. Major updates to documentation on Windows Hello for Business!
    https://aka.ms/whfb
  9. Use the “Flight Hub” dashboard to quickly identify the latest Windows Insider Preview releases for PC, Server, IoT. You can also look up the status of the SDK and ISO images.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/flight-hub
Security & Compliance
  1. Windows Defender Antivirus consistently achieves high scores in independent tests, displaying how it is a top choice in the antivirus market. We want to be transparent and have gathered top industry reports that demonstrate our enterprise antivirus capabilities.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/top-scoring-industry-antivirus-tests
  2. Out of sight but not invisible: Defeating fileless malware with behavior monitoring, AMSI, and next-gen AV.
    https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/09/27/out-of-sight-but-not-invisible-defeating-fileless-malware-with-behavior-monitoring-amsi-and-next-gen-av
  3. Cyber thieves are catching on that we are watching them, so they are trying something different. A new malware campaign puts that to the test by targeting home users and small businesses in specific US cities. This was a focused, highly localized attack that aimed to steal sensitive info from just under 200 targets. Macro-laced documents masqueraded as statements from legitimate businesses. The documents are then distributed via email to target victims in cities where the businesses are located. With Windows Defender AVs next gen defense, however, the size of the attack doesn’t really matter.
    https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/09/06/small-businesses-targeted-by-highly-localized-ursnif-campaign
  4. We have seen many IT departments simplify their deployment strategies using Windows Update for Business to more quickly improve productivity and the Windows 10 experience for their end users. Learn about the experience of one of those customers to help you better understand how you can leverage Windows Update for Business—in conjunction with Windows Analytics—to help you do the same.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-Update-for-Business-amp-Windows-Analytics-a-real-world/ba-p/242417
  5. Windows Defender ATP September 2018 preview features are out!
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/What-s-New/WDATP-September-2018-preview-features-are-out/m-p/242254#M95
  6. Video: In software supply chain attacks, attackers infect legitimate apps to distribute malware. Attackers target software developers and suppliers, seeking access to source codes, build processes, or update mechanisms. They hunt for unsecure network protocols, unprotected server infrastructures, and unsafe coding practices. Protect yourself, your customers, and your partners by strengthening your defenses against software supply chain attacks. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection’s security technologies are built into Windows 10 and create a unified endpoint security platform to defend against supply chain attacks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXm2XNSavwo
Productivity
  1. Windows 10 Tip: Set up Windows Hello from your lock screen.
    http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/09/10/windows-10-tip-set-up-windows-hello-from-your-lock-screen
  2. Windows 10 Tip: Improvements to the HDR video experience.
    http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/09/04/windows-10-tip-improvements-to-the-hdr-video-experience
  3. Windows 10 Tip: Get mobile with Microsoft Edge.
    http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/09/17/windows-10-tip-get-mobile-with-microsoft-edge
  4. Watch our how-to video and have fun using a digital pen in Microsoft Office on your Surface. Edit your writing naturally, create standout presentations, and learn to design and use features like Ink Editor, Ink-to-Text, Remix 3D, Math Assist, and more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85n5sltzZw
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Windows 10 News You Can Use – September 2018

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1)      Microsoft has heard from many customers to better understand the monthly Windows 10 quality update servicing cadence and terminology. In response, John Wilcox (principal program manager) shares the guiding principles, then dives into them further to provide context for the quality updates themselves.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-10-update-servicing-cadence/ba-p/222376

2)      What’s next for Windows 10 and Windows Server quality updates.  Beginning February 12, 2019, Microsoft will end its practice of creating delta updates for all versions of Windows 10.  In its place, a new design for quality updates to the next major versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server, coming later this year. This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/What-s-next-for-Windows-10-and-Windows-Server-quality-updates/ba-p/229461

3)      With new improvements in Windows 10 MDM management, advancements in cloud technology, and BYOD trends, many organizations are looking for modern ways to management their Windows devices. Watch this recorded webinar session to see how you can leverage a modern management approach with Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to simplify deployment and management, improve security, provide better end user experiences, and lower total cost of ownership for your Windows 10 devices.
https://resources.office.com/ModernWindows10managementwithEnterpriseMobilitySecurityEMS-OnDemandRegistration.html

4)      Basic (but easy to forget) tips to remediate Windows application compatibility challenges.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Basic-but-easy-to-forget-tips-to-remediate-Windows-app-compat/ba-p/238308

Security & Compliance

1)      Improve your defensive posture with Exploit Guard Attack Surface Reduction (ASR).  See this step-by-step guide from Microsoft’s Chris Jackson on how to configure, monitor, and deploy ASR while maintaining application compatibility.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Improve-your-defensive-posture-with-Exploit-Guard-ASR/ba-p/22494

2)      Interpreting Windows 10 Exploit Guard ASR audit alerts.  Learn about when to test and when not to.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Interpreting-Exploit-Guard-ASR-audit-alerts/ba-p/228366

3)      If you want an additional layer of protection from ransomware, try saving your files in OneDrive. It’s part of the new experiences that arrived with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Here’s how it works: If a ransomware threat is found on a device, Windows Defender will notify you of the threat, help you remove the ransomware from your device, and give you options to recover your OneDrive files to the state they were in before the attack occurred.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/08/06/save-your-files-to-onedrive-for-expanded-ransomware-protection

4)      Hardening Windows Defender ATP machine learning defenses against adversarial attacks.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/08/09/protecting-the-protector-hardening-machine-learning-defenses-against-adversarial-attacks

5)      Protecting the modern workplace from a wide range of undesirable software. To protect our customers from the latest threats, massive amounts of security signals and threat intelligence from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph are processed by security analysts and intelligent systems that identify malicious and other undesirable software. Our evaluation criteria describe the characteristics and behavior of malware and potentially unwanted applications and guide the proper identification of threats. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/08/07/protecting-the-modern-workplace-from-a-wide-range-of-undesirable-software

Productivity

1)      Windows 10 Tip: Use Paint 3D to edit your snips.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/08/20/windows-10-tip-use-paint-3d-to-edit-your-snips

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Windows 10 News You Can Use – August 2018

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On July 10th, Windows 10 version 1803 was declared as a fully available Semi-Annual Channel (aka CBB) release. Be sure to also review “What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1803” at
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/What-s-new-for-IT-pros-in-Windows-10-version-1803/ba-p/188568.

Deployment & Management

1)      Windows 10 quality updates explained & the end of delta updates. Beginning February 12, 2019 Microsoft will deprecate delta updates for all versions of Windows 10.  Learn about the role of Express Updates to reduce the impact to network delivery of quality updates.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-10-quality-updates-explained-amp-the-end-of-delta/ba-p/214426

2)      Forrester Study: Modernize Your Device Management Using the Cloud (whitepaper, updated June 2018).
https://resources.office.com/ModernizeYourDeviceManagementThankYou.html

3)      Detailed information on how Upgrade Readiness collects application inventory for your OMS workspace.  Includes info about data collection, appraiser updates, best practices, and troubleshooting!
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Analytics-Blog/How-Upgrade-Readiness-collects-application-inventory-for-your/ba-p/213586

4)      Most companies manage their PCs and mobile devices with separate management tools. In a recent report, Forrester found that Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is now a more optimal option—and a good way to help organizations modernize their management strategies.  Download this Forrester report to learn more.
https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-M365PD-Forrester-UEM-Finally-Arrives-WhitePaper.html

5)      Microsoft Mechanics’ 7-minute video which explores the latest capabilities in Windows Analytics across Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance, and Device Health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kb78NmfV6E

6)      Best practices and recommendations for deploying Windows 10 Feature updates to mission critical devices.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/feature-update-mission-critical

7)      Suggested in-depth guidance on Windows Update for Business policies and how they have changed over time.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/wufb-onboard

8)      We are happy to announce that the MSIX Packaging Tool (Preview) is now available to from the Microsoft Store. MSIX Packaging Tool enables you to update your existing win32 application packages to the MSIX format.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/MSIX-Blog/MSIX-Packaging-Tool-Preview-is-now-available-from-the-Microsoft/ba-p/216204

Security & Compliance

1)      Windows Defender Antivirus (WDAV) scores in the March-April 2018 tests. In this new iteration of the transparency report, we continue to investigate the relationship of independent test results and the real-world protection of antivirus solutions. We hope that you find the report insightful.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/20/march-april-2018-test-results-more-insights-into-industry-av-tests

2)      Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge.  With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can sign in with their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices, leveraging strong public-key credentials instead of passwords.
http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/07/30/introducing-web-authentication-microsoft-edge

3)      Security Updates around side-channel speculative execution vulnerabilities (Spectre and Meltdown). New Disclosure: On June 13, 2018, an additional vulnerability involving side channel speculative execution, known as Lazy FP State Restore, was announced and assigned CVE-2018-3665. For more information about this vulnerability and recommended actions, please refer to the Security Advisory: ADV180016 | Microsoft Guidance for Lazy FP State Restore.
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180016

4)      A new software supply chain attack unearthed by Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) emerged as an unusual multi-tier case. Unknown attackers compromised the shared infrastructure in place between the vendor of a PDF editor application and one of its software vendor partners, making the app’s legitimate installer the unsuspecting carrier of a malicious payload. The attack seemed like just another example of how cybercriminals can sneak in malware using everyday normal processes. The plot twist: The app vendor’s systems were unaffected. The compromise was traceable instead to a second software vendor that hosted additional packages used by the app during installation. This turned out be an interesting and unique case of an attack involving “the supply chain of the supply chain”.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/26/attack-inception-compromised-supply-chain-within-a-supply-chain-poses-new-risks

5)      Hawkeye Keylogger – Reborn v8: An in-depth campaign analysis.  Includes the roles that Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender ATP played in the security protections.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/07/11/hawkeye-keylogger-reborn-v8-an-in-depth-campaign-analysis

Productivity

1)      Windows 10 Tip: Yikes, stop that sound! Mute-a-tab in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/02/windows-10-tip-yikes-stop-that-sound-mute-a-tab-in-microsoft-edge

2)      Windows 10 Tip: Get more out of reading online with Grammar Tools in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/09/windows-10-tip-get-more-out-of-reading-online-with-grammar-tools-in-microsoft-edge

3)      Windows 10 Tip: Windows Ink directly in textbox.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/16/windows-10-tip-windows-ink-directly-in-textbox-new-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

4)      Windows 10 Tip: Try reading on a full screen for a distraction-free experience in Microsoft Edge.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/07/23/windows-10-tip-try-reading-on-a-full-screen-for-a-distraction-free-experience-in-microsoft-edge

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Windows 10 News You Can Use – July 2018

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Deployment & Management

1)      For build 17682 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, RSAT is now available on demand! What does that mean? You no longer need to manually download RSAT every time you upgrade! http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/31/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17682

2)      Techcommunity blog post which outlines the latest enhancements to Windows Autopilot in Windows 10, version 1803.  Specifically: Enrollment status, OEM and hardware vendor supply chain integration, BitLocker integration, automatic Windows Autopilot profile assignment, and device deletion with Microsoft Intune. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-Autopilot-What-s-new-and-what-s-next/ba-p/201884

3)      Microsoft Mechanics 8-minute video which explores the most recent updates to Windows Autopilot, which include a zero-touch experience for the deployment of new Windows 10 devices and device reset capabilities, all powered by Microsoft 365. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t7xaV8sm50

4)      Walkthrough for deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/06/07/deploying-a-kiosk-using-windows-autopilot

5)      Announcing new extensions to the Windows Autopilot zero-touch experience with several new capabilities available in preview with the Windows Insider Program today.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/06/07/simplifying-it-with-the-latest-updates-from-windows-autopilot

6)      Windows 10 Updates and Store GPO behavior with DualScan disabled and client managed by SCCM SUP/WSUS. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/swisspfe/2018/04/13/win10-updates-store-gpos-dualscandisabled-sup-wsus

7)      New FastTrack benefit from Microsoft: Deployment support for Co-management on Windows 10 devices. We’d like to provide a few highlights on what you can expect. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/18/new-fasttrack-benefit-deployment-support-for-co-management-on-windows-10-devices

8)      Implementing the Right Inertia in your Windows 10 Deployment Process: measuring and managing risk effectively with systems designed for change management.
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cjacks/2018/06/25/implementing-the-right-inertia-in-your-windows-10-deployment-process-defaulting-to-progress-vs-stasis

9)      Two new policies added for Edge when doing MDM management of Windows 10 through Microsoft Intune: Path to favorites file and Changes to Favorites. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/device-restrictions-windows-10#edge-browser

Security & Compliance

1)      Virtualization-based security (VBS) memory enclaves: Data protection through isolation. The escalating sophistication of cyberattacks is marked by the increased use of kernel-level exploits that attempt to run malware with the highest privileges and evade security solutions and software sandboxes. Kernel exploits famously gave the WannaCry and Petya ransomware remote code execution capability, resulting in widescale global outbreaks. Windows 10 remained resilient to these attacks, with Microsoft constantly raising the bar in platform security to stay ahead of threat actors. Virtualization-based security (VBS) hardens Windows 10 against attacks by using the Windows hypervisor to create an environment that isolates a secure region of memory known as secure memory enclaves. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/05/virtualization-based-security-vbs-memory-enclaves-data-protection-through-isolation

2)      Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Social engineering gives cybercriminals a way to get into systems and slip through defenses. The hardening of Windows 10 and Windows 10 in S mode, the advancement of browser security in Microsoft Edge, and the integrated stack of endpoint protection platform (EPP) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities in Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) further raise the bar in security. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/07/machine-learning-vs-social-engineering

3)      What is new in Windows 10 1803 for the Privileged Access Workstation (PAW) solution.
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/datacentersecurity/2018/06/08/what-is-new-in-windows-10-1803-for-paw

4)      Go beyond external defenses. Eradicate attacks faster when they get inside. Download the 5 risk points to avoid in enterprise security—crash course. You’ll see how solutions built in to an operating system can (a) Make user identities more secure to prevent malicious access to devices and systems, (b) Detect the hidden actions of attackers already inside your systems more quickly, and (c) Leverage the largest data sets that index billions of sources to alert you of attacks immediately. https://info.microsoft.com/5RiskPointsEbook.html

5)      Zero Trust networks eliminate the concept of trust based on network location within a perimeter. Instead, Zero Trust architectures leverage device and user trust claims to gate access to organizational data and resources. Read more about building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365, based on Azure Active Directory, conditional access, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation, and Microsoft Intune. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/14/building-zero-trust-networks-with-microsoft-365

6)      Announcing the pre-release (v0.9) of “AaronLocker:” robust and practical application whitelisting for Windows. AaronLocker is designed to make the creation and maintenance of robust, strict, AppLocker-based whitelisting rules as easy and practical as possible. The entire solution involves a small number of PowerShell scripts. You can easily customize rules for your specific requirements with simple text-file edits. AaronLocker includes scripts that document AppLocker policies and capture event data into Excel workbooks that facilitate analysis and policy maintenance. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/aaron_margosis/2018/06/26/announcing-application-whitelisting-with-aaronlocker

Productivity

1)      Windows 10 Tip: How to start creating in Paint 3D. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/04/windows-10-tip-how-to-start-creating-in-paint-3d

2)      Windows 10 Tip: Go back and forth in time with Timeline, new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/11/windows-10-tip-go-back-and-forth-in-time-with-timeline-new-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

3)      Windows 10 Tip: How to start using Nearby Sharing with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/18/windows-10-tip-how-to-start-using-nearby-sharing-with-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

4)      SwiftKey intelligence comes to the touch keyboard in Windows 10 Insider Build 17692.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/14/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17692

5)      Windows 10 Tip: Search, shop and learn through the photos you take with Visual Search.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/25/windows-10-tip-search-shop-and-learn-through-the-photos-you-take-with-visual-search

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  • Public preview support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP).
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/onboard-downlevel-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection
  • We live in a time of both great opportunity and great responsibility. Our children have access to more information, entertainment and more ways to connect than ever before, but with that comes plenty of new things that parents like you and I need to worry about and new ways to distract their attention. Today, we are excited to introduce new features that make it easier and safer for families to interact with technology and, each other, across devices and platforms.  One feature announcement is with Microsoft Edge giving the ability to allow or block websites has always existed on your PCs….and now, we are extending this feature to you and your family’s Android devices. If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any websites you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/31/microsoft-gives-parents-peace-of-mind-with-new-family-features-across-devices
  • Getting the most value out of your security deployment. This blog is part of a series that responds to common questions we receive from customers about deployment of Microsoft 365 security solutions. In this series you’ll find context, answers, and guidance for deployment and driving adoption within your organization. In the last blog Now that you have a plan, it’s time to start deploying, we covered some of the tactical issues that you’ll want to consider planning your Microsoft 365 Security deployment. Now we’ll move to the third and final step of an effective planning process: Drive Value. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/31/getting-the-most-value-out-of-your-security-deployment
  • The Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture describes Microsoft’s cybersecurity capabilities and how they integrate with existing security architectures and capabilities. We recently updated this diagram and wanted to share a little bit about the changes and the document itself to help you better utilize it.
    https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/06/cybersecurity-reference-architecture-security-for-a-hybrid-enterprise
  • Defining a crisp modern security strategy to support business success. A modern security agenda needs to define the purpose of the security team, its vision and mindset. It should also explain the high-level strategies it will employ, and how it will be organized, including the definition of priorities and deadlines and how the results will be measured. More detailed information regarding enabling and accelerating digital transformation is available in this whitepaper. It is designed to articulate what a modern security strategy can look like, and is useful for CISOs, CIOs, CDOs, and potentially board members who want to learn more about secure transformation and benchmark their own teams. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/12/updating-your-cybersecurity-strategy-to-enable-and-accelerate-digital-transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to be a key area of investment for Microsoft, and we’re pleased to announce that for the first time we’ve leveraged AI at scale to greatly improve the quality and reliability of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rollout.  Our AI approach intelligently selects devices that our feedback data indicate would have a great update experience and offers the April 2018 Update to these devices first.  As our rollout progresses, we continuously collect update experience data and retrain our models to learn which devices will have a positive update experience, and where we may need to wait until we have higher confidence in a great experience.  Our overall rollout objective is for a safe and reliable update, which means we only go as fast as is safe. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/06/14/ai-powers-windows-10-april-2018-update-rollout

Windows 10 News You Can Use – June 2018

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Latest Windows 10 1803 feature upgrade news:

Deployment & Management

1) SetupDiag.exe is a standalone diagnostic tool that can be used to obtain details about why a Windows 10 upgrade was unsuccessful. It works by examining Windows Setup log files then attempts to parse these log files to determine the root cause of a failure to update or upgrade the computer to Windows 10. SetupDiag can be run on the computer that failed to update, or you can export logs from the computer to another location and run SetupDiag in offline mode.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

2) Defining application taxonomies to drive your application compatibility testing. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cjacks/2018/04/30/defining-app-tranches-to-drive-your-app-compat-testing

3) Announcing Delivery Optimization Insights for Windows Analytics: Update Compliance https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/2017/12/17/announcing-post-upgrade-insights-in-upgrade-readiness

4) Enterprise-ready in the age of Windows as a service https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Enterprise-ready-in-the-age-of-Windows-as-a-service/ba-p/188712

5) New IT Pro application packaging tool: MSIX. This is the next generation of application delivery.

6) Dive on Windows 10 co-management with Intune and System Center Configuration Manager.
https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Endpoint-Zone/Windows-10-co-management-with-Intune-and-ConfigMan-Endpoint-Zone-1804#time=14m34s

7) Learn how to create a Windows 10 kiosk that runs multiple apps. With Windows 10, version 1803, you can also: configure a single-app kiosk profile in your XML file, assign group accounts to a config profile, and configure an account to sign in automatically.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/lock-down-windows-10-to-specific-apps

8) Video to learn how to setup Windows Autopilot in just over 3-minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYVptkpsOqs

Security & Compliance

1) Video showcasing protection capabilities against the most sophisticated threats with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JojhJ0Ib8vU

2) Microsoft’s Windows Defender ATP team is committed to delivering industry-leading protection, customer choice, and transparency on the quality of our solutions. In the continued spirit of these principles, we want to share the results of the January-February 2018 test conducted by independent antivirus tester AV-TEST and provide a transparency report that augments the test findings with contextual information to help our customers make informed decisions about Windows Defender ATP adoption. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/24/adding-transparency-and-context-into-industry-av-test-results

3) IT showcase: Microsoft uses Windows Defender Antivirus to boost malware protection. Updated May 2018. https://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase/Article/Content/752/Microsoft-uses-Windows-Defender-Antivirus-to-boost-malware-protection

4) Adversaries are reusing credentials all the time; How can you check and prevent credential reuse attacks? Deny them by leveraging new (and old) security features. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/motiba/2018/05/06/avoiding-credentials-reuse-attacks

5) Use Windows Information Protection (WIP) to help make accidental data leakage a thing of the past. WIP protects users and organizations from accidental leaks via copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, removable storage (e.g., USB thumb drives), and unauthorized applications (e.g., non-work cloud storage providers). https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/05/15/use-windows-information-protection-wip-to-help-make-accidental-data-leakage-a-thing-of-the-past

6) Windows Insider Preview build 17672 introduced support for the SameSite cookies standard in Microsoft Edge, ahead of a planned rollout in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Same-site cookies enable more protection for users against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. To broaden the security benefits of this feature, we plan to service Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on the Windows 10 Creators Update and newer to support same-site cookies as well, allowing sites to rely on same-site cookies as a defense against CSRF and other related cross-site timing and cross-site information-leakage attacks.
http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/05/17/samesite-cookies-microsoft-edge-internet-explorer

7) Big news in our drive to eliminate passwords: FIDO2 / WebAuthn Reaches Candidate Recommendation status! This will allow Microsoft customers to use any Microsoft identity to sign-in using a FIDO device instead of a password on any FIDO2 compatible device or browser – for both personal Microsoft accounts and organizational identities based on Azure Active Directory. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/04/12/big-news-in-our-drive-to-eliminate-passwords-fido2-webauthn-reaches-candidate-recommendation-status

8) The new Windows Privacy hub converges related content about Windows privacy on docs.microsoft.com. Here you can find new guidance to help IT decision makers get ready for GDPR, a list of Windows 10 services configuration settings used for personal data privacy protection, understand Windows diagnostic data, and much more.

Productivity

1) Introducing two new mixed reality business applications: Microsoft Remote Assist and Microsoft Layout. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/07/introducing-two-new-mixed-reality-business-applications-microsoft-remote-assist-and-microsoft-layout

2) Windows 10 Tip: How to enable Focus Assist in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/09/windows-10-tip-how-to-enable-focus-assist-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

3) Microsoft Build 2018 highlights for productivity advancements coming to Windows 10.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/07/microsoft-build-2018-empowering-developers-to-build-intelligent-apps-with-microsoft-365

  • A new way to connect your phone to your PC with Windows 10 that enables instant access to text messages, photos, and notifications.
  • An updated Microsoft Launcher application on Android that will support Enterprise customers with easy access to line of business applications via Microsoft Intune.
  • Microsoft Launcher on Android will also support Timeline for cross-device application launching. Today, your Microsoft Edge browsing sessions on your iPhone or iPad are included in the Timeline experience on your Windows 10 PC.
  • Updates to Sets, an easier way to organize your stuff and get back to what you were doing. With Sets, what belongs together stays together, making it easier and faster to create and be productive.

4) Windows 10 Tip: A guide to using the basic tools in Paint 3D. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/21/windows-10-tip-a-guide-to-the-basic-tools-in-paint-3d

5) What happens when three identical devices run different browsers? The Microsoft Edge team wanted to find out. This experiment showed that battery life on a PC running Microsoft Edge lasts 98% longer than Mozilla Firefox and 14% longer than Google Chrome. Windows 10 April 2018 Update Edition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24bRAm8MT0

6) Windows 10 Tip: Capture your thoughts easily with Dictation. Did you know that with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, it’s now easier than ever to take a note or write a paper – with just your voice, using your device’s microphone? http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/29/windows-10-tip-capture-your-thoughts-easily-with-dictation

7) At Microsoft, we want to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. We deeply believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential and we can help by empowering all people, regardless of their abilities. Global Accessibility Awareness Day gives us the chance to celebrate our differences and reflect on the ways in which we continue to strive to make Windows more accessible to everyone in their everyday life. Windows for each of us. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/16/celebrating-global-accessibility-awareness-day

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Windows 10 News You Can Use – May 2018

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) released!  More info at:

Deployment & Management

1)      Windows 10 Group Policy vs. Intune MDM Policy: who wins? https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cbernier/2018/04/02/windows-10-group-policy-vs-intune-mdm-policy-who-wins

2)      If you’re an IT administrator managing Windows Server and Windows, you probably open dozens of consoles for day-to-day activities, such as Event Viewer, Device Manager, Disk Management, Task Manager, Server Manager – the list goes on and on. Windows Admin Center brings many of these consoles together in a modernized, simplified, integrated, and secure remote management experience. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/04/12/announcing-windows-admin-center-our-reimagined-management-experience

3)      Forrester Study: Modernize Your Device Management Using The Cloud. Today’s computing infrastructure acquisition, deployment, management, and servicing methods pose challenges to large and small organizations alike. As employees increasingly rely on myriad devices and applications to do their jobs, IT professionals must find efficiencies in how they provision and support new devices and applications. Luckily, operating system (OS) solutions that are fully integrated with the cloud and designed to work across devices are emerging. https://info.microsoft.com/ModernizeYourDeviceManagement.html

4)      With the upcoming release of Windows 10, version 1803, we are taking the next steps in our efforts to make kiosks even more capable – and easier – to deploy and configure.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Simplifying-kiosk-management-for-IT-with-Windows-10/ba-p/187691

5)      Announcing MSIX – bringing together the best of UWP and traditional MSI applications.  Including a partnership with Advanced Installer Express edition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUUwZTurcmQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9k8y46udho

Security & Compliance

1)      Windows Hello and FIDO2 Security Keys enable secure and easy authentication for shared devices.
http://blogs.windows.com/business/2018/04/17/windows-hello-fido2-security-keys

2)      Azure AD Conditional Access policies can now check device health as reported by Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/04/17/password-less-sign-in-to-windows-10-azure-ad-using-fido2-is-coming-soon-plus-other-cool-news

3)      New capabilities of Windows Defender ATP further maximizing the effectiveness and robustness of endpoint security.  Includes: automated investigation + remediation of threats, Microsoft 365 conditional access based on device-risk, advanced hunting, signal sharing across the Intelligent Security Graph, Windows Secure Score reports on devices’ security posture with actionable recommendations. http://blogs.windows.com/business/2018/04/17/new-capabilities-of-windows-defender-atp-further-maximizing-the-effectiveness-and-robustness-of-endpoint-security

4)      With Windows 10 1803, we are implementing the first phase of Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation, laying the groundwork for future innovation in this area. This includes developing new OS features to support efforts to move towards a future where violations of security promises are observable and effectively communicated in the event of a full system compromise, such as through a kernel-level exploit.  Runtime attestation can help in many scenarios, including: providing supplementary signals for endpoint detection and response (EDR) and antivirus vendors, detecting artifacts of kernel tampering/rootkits/exploits, protected game anti-cheat scenarios, sensitive transactions, conditional access. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/19/introducing-windows-defender-system-guard-runtime-attestation

5)      Windows Defender ATP will now be able to provide the machine-risk level to conditional access (powered by Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory) to block compromised devices from accessing corporate resources. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/04/18/enhancing-conditional-access-with-machine-risk-data-from-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection

6)      Teaming up in the war against social engineering attacks like tech support scams with Windows 10. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/20/teaming-up-in-the-war-on-tech-support-scams

7)      Nearly one year passed since David das Neves had written a comprehensive summary around PowerShell Security (http://aka.ms/PSSecEnt). There are many security controls which need to be known and configured. But the problem for most admins is ‘Where to start and where to end?’.  This article provides guidance on how to prioritize those security controls. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/daviddasneves/2018/04/25/prioritize-all-the-security-controls

8)      We now have a published table of which Windows Defender Exploit Guard feature works with which edition of Windows 10 (Professional vs. Enterprise E3 vs. Enterprise E5).
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-exploit-guard/windows-defender-exploit-guard

9)      Dofoil is a sophisticated threat that attempted to install coin miner malware on hundreds of thousands of computers in March, 2018. In previous blog posts we detailed how behavior monitoring and machine learning in Windows Defender AV protected customers from a massive Dofoil outbreak that we traced back to a software update poisoning campaign several weeks prior. In this blog post, we will expound on Dofoil’s anti-debugging and anti-analysis tactics, and demonstrate how the rich detection libraries of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Defender Exploit Guard can help during investigation. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/04/hunting-down-dofoil-with-windows-defender-atp

Productivity

1)      Make the most of your time with the new Windows 10 update for April 2018. With Timeline, your Windows 10 PC lets you go back in time up to 30 days to find your stuff, whether you were working on it earlier today, last week, or a few weeks ago. With Focus Assist, use whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like social media or other notifications. Or set it to turn on automatically at certain times during the day when you want focused time. With Dictation, it’s now easier than ever to take a note or write a paper, with just your voice. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/27/make-the-most-of-your-time-with-the-new-windows-10-update

2)      Windows 10 Tip: Five expert tips to help you master ink in OneNote. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/02/windows-10-tip-five-expert-tips-to-help-you-master-ink-in-onenote

3)      Windows 10 Tip: 10 things you can do in Windows Mixed Reality right now. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/09/windows-10-tip-10-things-you-can-do-in-windows-mixed-reality-right-now

4)      Windows 10 Tip: Five things you might not know that you can do right now with your Windows 10 PC.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/17/five-things-you-might-not-know-you-can-do-right-now-with-your-windows-10-pc

5)      Windows 10 Tip: Five keyboard shortcuts you may not know about. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/23/windows-10-tip-five-keyboard-shortcuts-you-may-not-know-about

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  • Your customers expect regular delivery of new capabilities, as well as support for existing applications. Find out how you compare to your peers—get The Case For Supporting Always Up-To-Date Operating Systems, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, and discover the latest usage trends among software vendors like you. Reduce Complexity And Accelerate Your Application Release Cycle.  Register to download the white paper now to review recent findings about cloud-enabled OS adoption and usage trends among software vendors. Plus, learn five critical recommendations to consider as you evolve your application support and release strategy.
    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/projects/campaigns/windows-compatibility
  • From an administration perspective, our vision for Microsoft 365 is to help simplify IT by unifying management across users, devices, apps and services. We are rolling out a new admin experience for Microsoft 365 enterprise customers. This will be a single place for admins to get started with Microsoft 365 and discover the breadth of management capabilities and experiences available to them across Office 365, Windows, and EMS, as well as Microsoft 365 Device Management. Integrated into this admin center is both the new Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance Center, dedicated to providing security and compliance specialists with integrated management capabilities across Office 365, Windows, and EMS, as well as Microsoft 365 Device Management. The Security and Compliance Center will be available shortly, with Device Management to follow afterwards. Please look forward to additional details. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/Introducing-the-Microsoft-365-Admin-Center/ba-p/167392
  • Microsoft security announcements from the RSA 2018 conference.
    • Tapping the intelligent cloud to make security better and easier: Improving protection, Speeding up detection and response, Working across the industry, and The evolution of the intelligent edge. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/16/tapping-the-intelligent-cloud-to-make-security-better-and-easier
    • By connecting security data and systems, we can gain an advantage over todays adversaries. At Microsoft, our security products are powered by the Intelligent Security Graph which synthesizes massive amounts of threat intelligence and security signals from across Microsoft products, services, and partners using advanced analytics to identify and mitigate cyberthreats. This week at the RSA conference, we announced the public preview of a Security API that empowers customers and partners to build on the Intelligent Security Graph. By connecting security solutions and integrating with existing workflows, alerts and contextual information from multiple solutions can be easily consolidated and correlated to inform threat detection, and actions can be taken to streamline incident response. The unified API will make these connections easier by providing a standard interface and uniform schema to integrate and correlate security alerts from multiple sources, enrich investigations with contextual data, and automate security operations for greater efficiency. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/17/connect-to-the-intelligent-security-graph-using-a-new-api

Windows 10 News You Can Use – April 2018

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Deployment & Management

1) Explore the results of a recent Forrester study and learn how to take advantage of new cloud functionality to improve the end user computing operations lifecycle and leverage the ease and flexibility of the cloud for device management. https://info.microsoft.com/ModernizeYourDeviceManagement.html

2) Afraid of Windows 10 with Azure AD join? Michael Niehaus demystifies AADJ and provides practical guidance to try it out!
Part 1: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/01/19/afraid-of-windows-10-with-azure-ad-join-try-it-out-part-1
Part 2: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/02/21/afraid-of-windows-10-with-azure-ad-join-try-it-out-part-2

3) In case you missed it, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8450 was released in late December, offering support for Windows 10, version 1709; the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1709; and System Center Configuration Manager, version 1710. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msdeployment/2017/12/21/mdt-8450-now-available

4) Watch a free webinar to learn how EMS can help you manage and secure user identities, devices, apps, and data across all of your Windows devices, iOS, macOS, and Android. This one-hour session includes: 1) Securing access to company email, files, and apps stored in the cloud and on-premises, 2) Protecting company data on all endpoints, 3) Modernizing Windows 10 management.
https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-M365PD-Identity-Driven-UEM-with-EMS-Video.html?LCID=EN-US

5) With the 1710 update to ConfigMgr and the 1709 update to Windows 10, we’ve provided the foundations of our solution to bridge Windows modernization through Co-Management. This bridge is an entry-point for our customers to start their transitions to modern management – a path that leads traditional, domain-joined and ConfigMgr-managed solutions, to a deployment of Azure Active Directory and Intune. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/02/07/the-future-is-on-the-other-side-of-this-bridge

6) The documentation team has an article with the current list of UWP provisioned (in-box) and installed (from the store on first logon) for various Windows 10 releases. But one thing that isn’t reflected in that documentation: the list of apps installed from the store can be different depending on the type of account you sign in with, by the SKU that you are using, and even by the region of the world the device is in. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/03/13/more-on-included-windows-10-apps

7) An updated version of System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) is now available which adds support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. SCUP enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers to manage custom updates.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/03/21/system-center-updates-publisher-adds-support-for-new-oses

8) The AskPFEPlat team is here today with you in force. Recently they put together 10 Tips and Tricks from the Field – a collection of tips and tricks in our tool belt that they use on occasion. They wanted share these with all their readers in-an-effort to make your day a little easier. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2018/03/19/10-tips-and-tricks-from-the-field

9) Moving from project to process: digital transformation with Windows as a service.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-10-Blog/Moving-from-project-to-process-digital-transformation-with/ba-p/175688

Security & Compliance

1) How to enable BitLocker Drive Encryption and automate the process for an AutoPilot device that is provisioned for a standard user using the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version 1709. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/showmewindows/2018/01/18/how-to-enable-bitlocker-and-escrow-the-keys-to-azure-ad-when-using-autopilot-for-standard-users

2) Windows Defender System Guard: Making a leap forward in platform security with memory integrity.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Insider-Program/Windows-Defender-System-Guard-Making-a-leap-forward-in-platform/m-p/167303#M1256

3) Windows 10 in S-Mode coming soon to all editions of Windows 10. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/07/windows-10-s-mode-coming-soon-editions-windows-10

4) Learn from the Windows Defender Research group about protecting corporate networks from cryptocurrency miners with the security capabilities in Windows 10. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/03/13/invisible-resource-thieves-the-increasing-threat-of-cryptocurrency-miners

5) Announcing a set of new preview features for Windows Defender ATP, which includes capabilities such as Automated Investigation and Response (AIRS), advanced hunting tools for SecOps, role-based access controls, Azure ATP integration, insights into additional Win10 security capabilities, and more! https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/What-s-New/WDATP-preview-features-are-now-ON/td-p/170598

6) Guided lab to get Windows Hello for Business to work on Windows 10 to show the user experience and provide some lessons learned. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/chadcox/2018/03/19/my-notes-on-setting-up-a-poc-windows-hello-for-business-lab-using-hybrid-key-trust

7) Over the last year, we’ve talked about how we’re investing in new innovations to address today’s challenging threat landscape, what we’ve delivered, and how it will change the dynamics. Today, I want to share the results of our new antivirus capabilities in Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) which are genuinely incredible because they will directly benefit the work you are doing. Read more on why Windows Defender Antivirus is the most deployed in the enterprise. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/03/22/why-windows-defender-antivirus-is-the-most-deployed-in-the-enterprise

Productivity

1) Windows 10 Tip: Three ways you can personalize your desktop with fun themes and colors.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/05/windows-10-tip-three-ways-can-personalize-desktop-fun-themes-colors

2) Windows 10 Tip: Clear your workspace in one of two simple steps.
http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/13/windows-10-tip-clear-your-workspace-in-two-simple-steps

3) Windows 10 Accessibility: What to expect in the year ahead. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/19/windows-10-accessibility-what-to-expect-in-the-year-ahead

4) Windows 10 Tip: Six keyboard shortcuts to help you find what you’re looking for. http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/26/windows-10-tip-six-keyboard-shortcuts-to-help-you-find-what-youre-looking-for

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