Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft is not only bringing new security intelligence capabilities for IT admins with the Creators Update, but they want Windows 10 with best-in-class modern IT capabilities through the power of the cloud.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is committed to bring simplified IT with new insights through Windows Analytics dashboard, in-place UEFI conversion, and a new mobile application management feature.

Cloud-based insights with Windows Analytics.

We released Windows Upgrade Analytics to help customers move to Windows 10 more quickly by analyzing their environment to identify app compatibility, device and driver readiness. In the coming months, we’ll be delivering additional resources to the Windows Analytics dashboard that will help IT administrators better manage and support Windows 10 devices. The additions to the dashboard will enable organizations to use their own telemetry to provide new insights and ensure compliance on the upgrade, update and device health processes within their organizations.

In-place UEFI conversion

We’ve heard from our customers that they want to take advantage of new Windows 10 security investments like Device Guard on their existing modern hardware, but many of these new features require UEFI-enabled devices. For those customers who have already provisioned modern Windows PCs that support UEFI but installed Windows 7 using legacy BIOS, converting a device to UEFI required an IT manager to repartition the disc and reconfigure the firmware. This meant they would need to physically touch each device in their enterprise. With the Creators Update, we will introduce a simple conversion tool that automates this previously manual work. This conversion tool can be integrated with management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)* as part of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 in-place upgrade process.

Mobile application management

With the Creators Update we’re introducing mobile application management, a new feature that will protect data on personal devices without requiring the device to be enrolled in a Mobile Device Management solution. As employees use their own devices at work more and more, we are providing IT with oversight to apply policies to the applications employees use to be productive. This helps keep corporate data more secure without taking on the added responsibility of managing employees’ personal devices.