As part of today's release of the November update for Windows 10, Microsoft announced that of the 110 million PCs worldwide that have installed the OS so far, 12 million of them have specifically been business PCs.
With this update, Microsoft is now officially recommending that large businesses and organizations can deploy Windows 10 to their PCs. To that end, Microsoft's Windows and Devices head Terry Myerson announced some new features and services for those customers:
- Windows Update for Business provides IT controls over the deployment of updates within their organizations, while ensuring their devices are kept current and their security needs are met, at reduced management cost. Features include setting up device groups with staggered deployments and scaling deployments with network optimizations.
- Windows Store for Business provides IT a flexible way to find, acquire, manage and distribute apps to Windows 10 devices – both Windows Store apps and custom line of business apps. Organizations can choose their preferred distribution method by directly assigning apps, publishing apps to a private store, or connecting with management solutions.
Microsoft also announced some new options for IT workers to manage Windows 10 in businesses:
- Mobile Device Management, empowers IT to use the full power of Enterprise Mobility Management to manage the entire family of Windows devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, and IOT. Windows 10 is the only platform that can manage BYOD scenarios from the device to the apps to the data on those devices – safely and securely. And of course, Windows 10 is fully compatible with the existing management infrastructure used with PCs, giving IT control over how they bridge between two capabilities.
- Azure Active Directory Join, empowers IT to maintain one directory, enabling people to have one login and securely roam their Windows settings and data across all of their Windows 10 devices. AAD Join also enables any machine to become enterprise ready with a few simple clicks by anyone in the organization.
Myerson also mentioned the security options that enterprise customers can use to keep Windows 10 secure, including the Windows Hello facial and fingerprint recognition options to sign into a PC. He added:
"Coming soon, enterprise data protection will help protect corporate data by separating and containing corporate data from consumer data. Currently in testing with a number of enterprise customers today, enterprise data protection becomes available to Windows Insiders soon. With Windows 10, you will not find a more robust offering for securing your business – anywhere."
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