Microsoft Touts Windows 10's Management Capabilities for Businesses
Millions of consumers have already upgraded to Windows 10. Now, Microsoft is setting the stage for enterprise adoption.Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system is a hit among consumers. With 14 million devices running the software a day after its July 29 launch, the OS is off to a strong start. Now, the Redmond, Wash., software giant is looking to bring businesses onboard with a new set of management capabilities. "One great piece of news at the outset of Windows 10 is that it can be managed from your existing infrastructure—i.e. ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Enterprise Client and Mobility group, in an Aug. 18 statement. "Windows 10 also continues support for Group Policy and WMI [Windows Management Instrumentation], and it advances its MDM [mobile-device management] support in significant ways." That Windows 10 would inherit the administrator-friendly attributes of its predecessors is no surprise, but the company has bulked up those capabilities with "a number of new and improved deployment and management capabilities built into core Windows that are then available in ConfigMgr and Intune," added Anderson.
Yesterday, the company announced a one-step MDM enrollment feature when Windows 10 devices join environments managed by Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium and Intune, greatly reducing the need for administrator intervention. "By combining login, Azure AD Join and Intune MDM enrollment in one easy step, we've made it drop-dead simple to bring devices into a well-managed state that complies with your corporate policies," stated Alex Simons, director of program management at Microsoft's Identity and Security Services Division.