News You Can Use

Windows 10 News You Can Use – April 2017

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For this month’s edition of Windows 10 news that you can use, I’m excited to share that the Windows 10 Creators Update (aka RS2, aka 1703) has arrived!  Announcement: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/03/29/windows-10-creators-update-coming-april-11-surface-expands-markets.  Additionally, there is a webcast on April 27th, which will cover changes and new features in further detail – register for it at https://aka.ms/w10itpro/new-in-v1703-webcast.

For the rest of this month’s news:

  1. The Microsoft Edge security team employs a layered strategy to protect you from vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise your device or personal data.  In this post, we’ll explore some of the significant improvements we’ve made in the Windows 10 Creators Update to strengthen our next line of defense: the Microsoft Edge sandbox.
    http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/03/23/strengthening-microsoft-edge-sandbox
  2. If you upgraded in-place to Win10 x64 from Win7 x64, then it’s highly likely the disk is in the MBR format. With the release of the Win10 Creators Update (v. 1703), the disk conversion MBR to GPT tool is now ready to be used so that you can convert BIOS to UEFI.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/deploy/mbr-to-gpt
  3. Win10 virtual hands-on labs let you try out Windows 10 setup, deployment, and management scenarios using a cloud-based private virtual machine environment. Each lab presents you with a series of instructions, and access to one or more virtual machines, with no additional software or setup required.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/03/02/get-free-hands-on-experience-with-windows-10-virtual-labs
  4. Easy to follow Win10 technical demonstration videos – Explore the new features and improvements in Windows 10, and find tips and tricks to simplify deployment.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dn708062
  5. Windows Defender Antivirus protection evaluation guide.  Related, if you would like a demo or to personally test out the Block at First Sight capabilities to protect against zero-day malware, then let me know so that I can provide you with instructions to mimic polymorphic malware.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54795
  6. Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Creators Update 1703. This list is intended for IT professionals who are updating operating systems in a commercial environment.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4014193/features-that-are-removed-or-deprecated-in-windows-10-creators-update
  7. On-demand video for Best Practices on Win10 deployment.  Refresh your memory on what Windows as a Service means, and understand how it applies to your own business. Get an overview of the management features and integrations in Windows 10 that make it simpler but also more flexible, such as In-Place Upgrade, Dynamic Provisioning, Azure Active Directory, and Mobile Device Management. Learn more about App-V and UE-V, which makes management of applications and settings more streamlined.
    https://info.microsoft.com/en-us-wbnr-Windows10DeploymentBestPractices-register.html
  8. Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit updated and good through June 1, 2017.  Note this is still using Win10 1607 as that is the CBB.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-deployment-and-management-lab-kit

 

Windows 10 News You Can Use – Dec 2016

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This my inaugural edition of “news you can use” for Windows 10.  I originally set out to compile and share these bits of information that I see come through the wire, with the hopes that it would be beneficial to you as well.   

  1. Did you miss Microsoft Ignite in September?  No worries, the sessions were recorded and are available online.  Here is a catalog of the related Windows 10 sessions.  Optionally, you also download all of those sessions (decks and videos) directly from my OneDrive!
    Download: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Auu_dRzvdA2Ohu41JASZ_8XW-7S6LA
  2. Have you heard of the new Upgrade Analytics service to help in your application compatibility planning and readiness?  If not, recently a Microsoft Mechanics video (6 minutes) was created to highlight and showcase the technology.
    Read more and watch: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/mt743627
  3. The Windows 10 IT Showcase is about how Microsoft IT used the materials in this program to support the Windows 10 deployment to all employee devices within the Microsoft global enterprise. Now, you can use them to facilitate employee adoption, promote best practices, and ensure a direct path to productivity with the best Windows ever.
    Read more: https://www.microsoft.com/itshowcase/windows10deployment
  4. Updated GPO settings reference for Win10/Server 2016.
    Read more: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250
  5. The Win10 Anniversary Release (1607) has been officially declared as a Current Branch for Business (CBB).
    Read more: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2016/11/01/our-commitment-to-our-customers-security
  6. Microsoft has announced the new Unified Update Platform (UUP) that is under development and coming to new branches of Windows 10.  The community and customer benefits of UUP is the reduction you’ll see in download size on PCs.  We have converged technologies in our build and publishing systems to enable differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS.
    Read more: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/11/03/introducing-unified-update-platform-uup
  7. Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible. And we take this responsibility very seriously. Recently, the activity group that Microsoft Threat Intelligence calls STRONTIUM conducted a low-volume spear-phishing campaign. Customers using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Anniversary Update are known to be protected from versions of this attack observed in the wild. This attack campaign, originally identified by Google’s Threat Analysis Group, used two zero-day vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and the down-level Windows kernel to target a specific set of customers.
    Read more: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2016/11/01/our-commitment-to-our-customers-security
  8. Configuration Manager 1610 released and contains new features
    Read more: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/11/18/now-available-update-1610-for-system-center-configuration-manager
  9. The next Win10 branch release was announced as the Creators Update and is due to arrive in the spring of 2017.  Included is the introduction of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial device!
    Read more and watch demo: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/10/26/empowering-a-new-wave-of-creativity-with-the-windows-10-creators-update-and-surface-studio
  10. While it’s not really “news for Win10”, are you scrambling for the perfect gifts for the geeks on your list this holiday season? Just don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, the Microsoft elves have spent 2016 putting together the ultimate list of the year’s best tech, toys, and tools and collected them here in the Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks 2016.
    Read more: https://info.microsoft.com/holiday-gift-guide-2016.html