h – or so, I try to find a short list on Windows 10 related topics which would be of interest to you and specially your customers.
Please feel free to share below items with your peers and customers!
Windows 10 represent a great opportunity to change the way customers deploy and manage devices, however it also represents a big challenge for many customer. We continue to visit customers, and there are still a lot of them deploying Windows 10 without understanding of its capabilities or new Windows as a Service (WaaS) cadence.
We can help them in this journey to Modern Device Management! It is not trivial or easy… We have lots of experience on this topic…
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Jorge’s Win10 InfoBits: May 2018
Windows 7 End of Extended Support date: January 14, 2020 :
Days Remaining to migrate your PC fleet:
Total Calendar Days: 601
Business Days: 410
Call to Action: Ask your customers – how are you doing with your Windows 10 adoption ? Will you be fully migrated by the end of 2019?
Effectively it is less than 18 months from now!
If they are buying new machines with ProDeploy Client, Please ask: How are you updating existing devices.
Windows 10 v1803 Released
After a bit of a wait, Microsoft released Windows 10 version 1803 to consumers on April 30, 2018 (about 4 weeks ago). If you are using Windows 10 at home, then you probably have received the update already, if not, you should shortly. Corporate and Enterprise customers should be deploying within their IT and begin the process of testing critical applications, create communications and begin the process of reviewing their deployment rings.
As with every Feature Update, this update contains all features and fixes included in previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1709.
Out of the several items included in this version, I believe a couple of them are good call outs for your customers:
1) From Microsoft’s announcement:
Windows Autopilot is now available with Surface, Lenovo, and Dell. Other OEM partners such as HP, Toshiba, Panasonic, and Fujitsu will support Autopilot in coming months.
2) Deploy and manage kiosk devices with Microsoft Intune in single and multiple app scenarios. (Includes Kiosk Browser)
3) Subscription Activation supports Inherited Activation. Inherited Activation allows Windows 10 virtual machines to inherit activation state from their Windows 10 host.
4) Windows Update for Business now provides greater control over updates.
5) Windows Hello now supports FIDO 2.0 authentication for Azure AD Joined Windows 10 devices.
6) new security baseline for Windows 10 version 1803 has been published.
7) Windows Defender ATP has been enhanced with many new capabilities
Further reading at:
Windows 10 v1607 now end of life!
Many customers implemented Windows 10 v1607 for their first deployment of Windows 10. Even more of them are on v1703.
More importantly Windows 10 v1703 will end of life: October 19, 2018 !!! Are you planning your upgrade
Here is Microsoft Windows 10 version history:
|Windows 10 version history||Date of availability||End of service|
|Windows 10, version 1803||April 30, 2018||November 12, 2019|
|Windows 10, version 1709||October 17, 2017||April 9, 20192|
|Windows 10, version 1703||April 5, 2017||October 9, 20182|
|Windows 10, version 1607||August 2, 2016||April 10, 20182|
|Windows 10, version 1511||November 10, 2015||October 10, 20172|
|Windows 10, released July 2015 (version 1507)||July 29, 2015||May 9, 2017|
|Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB|
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB
|August 2, 2016||October 13, 2026|
|Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB|
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB
|July 29, 2015||October 14, 2025|
Note: Enterprise and Educational versions of Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 will continue to receive monthly servicing updates at no-cost for a period of 6 months past the end of service dates.
- New Jorge’s Blog Post(Internal): Dell Windows 10 Generic Image / No Bloatware – This post explains why the Windows 10 Generic Image still contains “value added bundled apps”
- Dell’s Internal Windows 10 Support Internal Page can be found here: https://inside.dell.com/docs/DOC-279037
- Unofficial Datasheet on Dell’s Windows AutoPilot can be found in this blog post
- Windows Autopilot is a hot topic of conversation right now. Many customers are very interested! More on this on a future post.
- Configuration Services:
- Windows 10 AutoPilot SKU 365-1639 (includes Generic Image and Windows Autopilot Registration)
- Win 10 Provisioning by Airwatch App ( Airwatch SKU 379-8595) – Not the same as Windows Autopilot!