As all swedes, summer means well-deserved summer vacation for me. For me personally, this means that I almost completely check out from work stuff for a few weeks.
So playing catch-up with what happened during the summer is always fun! I will cover some of this news in an upcoming post, but I thought I would gather all this for you in one place to start with!
I’ve gathered some of the highlights I’ve found during the summer.
Have I become an MVP!?
So this is kind of a big deal for me, and something I’ve been working towards for a while. I’ve been awarded the MVP titles within Windows and Devices for IT, and I am part of the Windows 365 MVP team!
I’m very happy, honored, and excited to get this award since it’s been something that has been my long-term goal for a while. So this is huge for me personally!
You can find my MVP profile here: Ola Ström (microsoft.com)
This was something that was announced as a preview this spring and went to general availability during the summer.
Windows Autopatch is a way to have Microsoft take care of patching and servicing, making sure your devices are always up to date!
I will write a blog post about this in the upcoming weeks, but until then you can read more about it here: What is Windows Autopatch? – Windows Deployment | Microsoft Docs
Ignite is back on and as a hybrid event!
Microsoft announced during the summer that they will host Ignite again where you can attend IN PERSON, but also remotely if you prefer. For me personally, attending Ignite remotely is always a challenge since it’s hard to take the needed time to dedicate to attendance due to your everyday commitments. So being able to attend in person again is great!
Ignite will be hosted in Seattle in mid-October and you can read more about it here (and sign up to get updates): Your home for Microsoft Ignite
Windows 365 updates
During the summer there have been some neat small updates to the Windows 365 service as well.
Some of the new features introduced are:
- Support for virtualization-based workloads
- Secure boot on Cloud PCs
- Resize Azure AD joined Cloud PCs
- Transfer files using windows365.microsoft.com and the web client
I will dig into some of these in upcoming blog posts!
Detect and manage hardware changes on Windows Autopilot devices
One thing that has been troublesome when using Windows Autopilot is how to manage hardware changes. Microsoft have now introduced support for this in the admin center.
Windows Information Protections (WIP) being depricated
With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced Windows Information Protection, WIP, which was formally known as Enterprise Data Protection (EDP). Now WIP is being sunset and transitioned over to Microsoft Purview over time. According to the blog post below things will move gradually over to Microsoft Purview. You can get started today with a free trial. If you are using E3 licenses, there will be an additional license needed but with E5s it is included.
Changes to Windows 10 update cycle
“Beginning with Windows 10, version 21H2, feature updates for Windows 10 release are released annually, in the second half of the calendar year, to the General Availability Channel. They will be serviced with monthly quality updates for 18 or 30 months from the date of the release, depending on the lifecycle policy.” – Windows 10 – release information | Microsoft Docs
News in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
There have been a lot of updates around macOS and Settings Catalog this summer, but also a few updates around Android, iOS, and Windows.