The demand for digital transformation has never been greater. In an uncertain world, organizations understand the need to adopt modern technologies to keep their employees productive and secure. As I work with customers in the manufacturing industry, it’s been a great joy to see most organizations start prioritizing a Zero Trust approach with modern management technologies.
As a direct response to the global pandemic, we have delivered unprecedented innovations within Windows. To best position your organization, it’s imperative to learn about and understand the latest Windows announcements. Windows 365, Windows 11, and Windows Autopatch are designed to empower your organization with the tools to help your organization enable hybrid work and improve employee efficiency.
Introducing Windows 365:
Our CEO, Satya Nadella, announced Windows 365 to the whole world in July of 2021. Windows 365 is an entirely new category of computing denoted as the Cloud PC.
For years, organizations have shifted their identities and applications to the cloud. Cloud offerings have demonstrated the ability to improve employees’ productivity and security. Given these learnings, Windows itself has moved to the cloud with Windows 365. This is a truly ground-breaking innovation. Organizations have already started adopting Cloud PC in droves.
Windows 365 devices are personal, persistent desktop experiences. IT administrators can quickly deploy Cloud PC’s using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Users are then able to access their Cloud PCs through any device with an HTML5 browser. Additionally, there are specific remote desktop clients available on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices.
Windows 365 devices are designed to be managed the same way that physical devices are managed. In fact, the administrator console for Cloud PC is built right into the Microsoft Endpoint Manger console. When one deploys a Cloud PC, it shows up in Intune right next to all the other physical devices and can be managed using the same Intune policies. Cloud PC devices can be managed with Intune and SCCM. This makes it easy for IT teams, who can manage these devices with their existing desktop management skillset.
After an initial configuration of the Windows 365 environment, companies will be able to deploy Cloud PC’s rapidly across the globe by simply purchasing and assigning a Windows 365 license to a user.
Windows 365 is an excellent option for organizations with the following use cases.
To learn more about the exciting world of Windows 365, check out the following links:
Operating System innovations with Windows 11:
Windows 11 is the first and only operating system designed for hybrid work. The Windows team focused on productivity, collaboration, and security with the Windows 10 experience.
When it comes to productivity and collaboration, Windows 11 for the win:
The Microsoft team released overview of the productivity and optimization improvements newly developed in Windows 11. Check it out here: Windows 11: The Optimization and Performance Improvements
When it comes to Windows 11, here are a few achievements to highlight:
Windows 11, the most secure version of Windows ever released:
To detail this achievement, the Microsoft team released a 66-page comprehensive book on the security improvements in Windows 11. Check it out here: Windows 11 Security Book
Here are a few highlights:
To learn more about Windows 11, check out these resources:
Our newest announcement with Windows Autopatch:
For years, Microsoft has offered a paid, premium service to assist organizations with updating and patching requirements. The goal of this service was to assist organizations with developing global strategies for keeping their devices secure and up to date. Once the overall strategy was determined, Microsoft consultants and engineers were dispatched to work alongside IT teams to build the policies and monitor the solutions. This offering provided incredible value to organizations and in light of this success, Microsoft has announced an initiative to extend this program to a multitude of organizations.
One month ago, Microsoft announced Windows Autopatch. Windows Autopatch is a new service offering included with a standard Windows E3 license. With Windows Autopatch, Microsoft resources will assist organizations automate the management of their updates for Windows, Office, and Microsoft Edge. This service will reduce the workloads on IT admins and allow them to focus on other value propositions within their companies.
To ensure a secure and productive updating experience, Windows Autopatch will be designed to roll out to an organization in stages. In Intune, these stages are referred to as update rings.
There are four update rings to ensure an organization’s deployments are successful.
There are many safeguards in place to ensure a positive user experience. If users run into any issues at any stage of an update rollout, there are several options to quickly remediate the situation.
Included in the service are extensive reporting and compliance functionality. Windows Autopatch will provide in-depth insights into the health and update status of devices.
To learn more about Windows Autopatch, feel free to check out the following links:
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