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Here’s how the Windows 10 Creators Update helps enterprises

Blair Hanley Frank | Dec. 7, 2016
New features include enhanced security, analytics and device management

Users will be able to get protected files that can be locked down by IT administrators in the event of any security issues. For a little extra peace of mind, Lefferts said that admins will be able to dictate basic security policies on a device, like making sure that a password or PIN is set up before allowing users to access company information.

Microsoft will also turn some of the Windows 10 telemetry it collects over to administrators with Windows Analytics. That's designed to give IT admins access to an anonymized profile of their organization’s computer use. Lefferts said that a lot of effort has gone into making sure that individual users can't be identified with the feature, and Microsoft will be keeping an eye on it to try and prevent abuse, as well.

Organizations will also get access to a new tool that can automate the deployment of a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (better known as UEFI) with Windows 10 on compatible devices that were previously set up to use legacy BIOS. Prior to the launch of the tool, IT managers would have had to manually repartition each device's disk and reconfigure each one's firmware. With this new functionality it will be possible to automate the process in conjunction with tools like System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

The update is expected to be out next year, and it seems likely that it will launch in the first half of 2017.

 

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