Want to improve your Windows security, deployment, and management skills? Whether you're new to IT or a seasoned vet, skilling snacks make it easy for you to study up on the latest features, tools, or recommended approaches. There is a sea of technical information out there. Here's a new way to dive in without getting overwhelmed.
Each month, we will handpick a snack-size selection (or two) of essential articles, demos, deep dives, and learning modules on a specific topic—all of which can be consumed in less than two hours. Skill up over a long lunch break, the weekend, or a slow day at the office! Break the routine with hands-off video or use your browser to turn an article into a read-aloud experience while you get up and stretch, take a walk, or multitask. Time is ticking!
A growing library of bite-sized learning
This week's special:
Application Control for Windows - Get the basics for Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), from overviews and introductory documents to preparation and deployment guides. You'll also find demos for best practices, and resources to the WDAC wizard.
The full menu:
Voice access in Windows Begin controlling your PC using only your voice! Learn how it works, how to set it up, and then spread the word about this accessibility-themed snack.
BitLocker management for enterprises From basic understanding of BitLocker workings and recovery to practical readiness to configure and manage BitLocker in the cloud, brush up on how you can face the threats of device or data theft.
Group Policy migration Dig into this week's serving to migrate your existing on-premises policies to the cloud. Explore many of the same settings on Microsoft Intune to help you on your journey to modern device management.
Windows device management in the public sector Choose your freshly brewed and evergreen resources of compliant cloud solutions, policy management, app deployment, reporting, and more. Also, bookmark and explore our compliance offerings to find the right fit for your Microsoft Government Cloud.
Windows information and resources for IT pros Slice it how you want it—bookmark and follow these channels on Windows updates and management: documentation, messages, blog articles, learning materials, social media updates, communities, and live events!
Accessibility in Windows 11 Dish up on IT admin guidance for the Accessibility Baseline, Azure AI tools, developer resources, and tutorials for end users.
Do more with Microsoft Graph Take a bite out of data and intelligence with Microsoft Graph, and explore its capabilities in different Windows update scenarios!
Windows application security Season your security solutions with some practical walkthroughs of app building, advanced endpoint management, and code integrity policies for Windows Defender Application Control.
Windows Update for Business reports Take a closer look into building custom reports with actionable data and insights. Check out all of the capabilities, prerequisites, and guidance to customize your own compliance journey today!
Windows Update for Business deployment service Learn more about the service description, its benefits, prerequisites for using it, practical guides on specific capabilities, Microsoft Graph training, and a behind-the-scenes look at how the deployment service actually works.
Windows LAPS Overview of some of the best practices for password security, covering Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS); the legacy solution with Active Directory (AD) on premises; and for cloud environments, leveraging LAPS with Intune and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
Using Windows Update for Business learn about what it is, how to configure it, and how to use it with Intune or other familiar tools. Additional tips on policies, as well.
Windows lifecycle Check out our policies, take training on our servicing model and channels, browse frequently asked questions, and find detailed release information for your versions of Windows!
Windows Autopatch Learn more about the new enterprise service, Windows Autopatch. Check out how you can catch up on what it is, how it works, and how you can start using it today!
Windows monthly updates Learn about new ways we help you manage updates, how cumulative updates have improved with Windows 11, and how to know when your devices will update. Additionally, brush up on the assortment of releases and how to manage them.
Windows app compatibility Walk through the basics of how we maintain the 99.7% application compatibility rate and how to confirm it for your organization.
Windows Autopilot 101 Brush up on how you can pre-configure new devices or reset and repurpose existing devices with this automated cloud service.
Intro to Azure Active Directory Brush up on the types of modern device identity, ways cloud-first devices authenticate to existing resources, tips to approach an Azure AD deployment, and how modern management brings insights to hybrid Azure AD devices.
Windows end-user readiness Help your end users get ready for the latest version of Windows with essential demos, training, and assessment.
Feature update management Brush up on servicing channels, update delivery strategies, and management tools plus tips and policies.
Security fundamentals Walk through the basics of securing endpoints, identity, and data, including essential concepts and tools, to get closer to Zero Trust.
New snacks arriving monthly
From security fundamentals and analytics to app provisioning and update management, we'll be covering a variety of topics, scenarios, and services in the big wide world of Windows. This page will serve as your library, your one-stop shop for this bite-sized learning journeys. So bookmark it and check back when you have an hour or two to spend on improving your technical knowledge and skills.
We'd also love to hear your ideas! Just leave a comment below with your suggestions for a skilling snack topic, and we'll do our best to make it happen.
Update 6.7.2023 - We have changed the cadence for skilling snacks from weekly to biweekly to ensure we focus on the topics that address current challenges or are top of mind for you. Please continue to suggest ideas for Windows-related snacks in the Comments below!