Welcome to the second of our regular newsletters rounding up the latest news from the world of Windows 10 deployment and application packaging, and keeping you up-to-date with what’s going on here at Apptimized.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the fourth in two years, could be the most significant to date.
Two years after the launch of Windows 10, the new update is possibly the most important yet as it introduces consequential changes to the infrastructure of the OS. The impact of these changes is critical as they promise to go beyond the realm of Microsoft-compatible PCs, tablets and devices.
The latest update builds on the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April. The Fall Creators Update, released in May during Microsoft’s Build conference in Seattle, carries some impressive new features and capabilities. These include:
– Story Remix, a social-enabled, cloud-powered photo and video presentation app
– Timeline feature, which acts like a visual shortcut to all the activities you’ve performed in Windows
– OneDrive Files On-Demand, which will extend the utility of Microsoft’s cloud-based file syncing service
– The Windows Taskbar now shows a My People icon, which lets users pin contacts directly to the Taskbar for instant access via Skype, phone, e-mail and other channels.
– Embedded video guidance in some of its configuration screens
– Cloud Clipboard enables users to copy information on a Windows 10 PC or other connected device—including Android and Apple tablets and smartphones—and have it available for pasting on any of those devices.
Cortana – Microsoft has developed Android and iOS versions of its assistant client
Microsoft Graph library of REST-based APIs – the connective tissue between Windows 10, Azure services in the cloud, and various cross-platform devices and experiences.
Pick Up Where You Left Off feature, which knows the state of apps or documents when they were last open, so they can be automatically returned to that state on any supported device or system
Microsoft launches new Windows AutoPilot Service
Microsoft have announced a relaunched Windows AutoPilot service that aims to ease the provisioning of new PCs for end users.
The service lets end users receive new Windows 10 PCs directly from the computer manufacturer, or OEM.
According to Microsoft’s description, they turn it on and the provisioning is automatic. IT pros don’t have to reimage machines and add drivers. The service enables so-called “zero-touch” provisioning of new PCs and will skip some of the traditional out-of-the-box setup steps to get machines ready for use.
Microsoft have removed support for volume licensing App-V packages of Office 2016.
The restriction on the volume licensing side is better known as a restriction on the “perpetual licensing” version of the product, known as Office 2016 Professional Plus.
The change was confirmed in a Microsoft TechNet forum page by moderator Ethan Hua, who indicated that the scenario is blocked when using the Office 2016 Deployment Tool (ODT)
We spent a very successful week in Washington DC at the Microsoft Inspire Worldwide Partners Event.
Everything needed for an application professional to create and edit MSI and App-V packages or all Windows platforms in the cloud is now available for USD $450 / month.
Apptimized 5.7 released
Further improvements and enhancements have been made to the world’s first fully cloud-based applications packaging solution.
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