Windows 10: closing the gap between IT and your business needs

  • Posted on August 26, 2015

This is a guest blog post written by Avanade alum, Danny Vries.

Windows 10 and the digital workplaceThe term Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) first entered common use in 2009. The following years lots of companies struggle to implement different BYOD scenarios. On the one hand there’s the need for IT to secure company devices to prevent data leakage, and on the other hand business need to get things done anywhere and on any device.

Windows 10 contains built-in features that enables the platform for the next generation digital workplace. Supported by Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, organizations can create a user centric strategy while securing company data. Windows 10 can join Azure Active Directory at the first boot of the device and management is enabled automatically. After the so called ‘Cloud Domain Join’ your devices and applications are managed by Intune or a hybrid solution where Configuration Manager is integrated with Intune.

In order to enable employees to use their company resources it is necessary they meet specific security standards. Policies are enforced as soon as devices are enrolled. By using conditional access you can prevent access for devices that do not meet security standards. Mobile Application Management (MAM) ensures company data can only be accessed by managed applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word or your own line-of-business applications. MAM isn’t available for Windows 10 yet, but likely it will be later this year. I received a message on Twitter that MAM might become available when Windows 10 Mobile is launched.

These features make it possible for employees to enroll their private or company owned devices without the need for being in the office. It will also enable them to work anywhere on any device while IT organizations are ensured of secured devices with protected company data. It is good we can secure all Windows 10 devices with just one set of policies knowing that Windows 10 will be shipped with desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and even IoT devices.

Please be aware that support for the new and existing features of Windows 10 are still under development. Intune will be updated in monthly service update releases where System Center Configuration Manager 2016 will be generally available in Q4 2015. Can’t wait to see what’s new? A 60-day evaluation of the System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2 is available on Technet Evaluation Center.

This article was first published on LinkedIn.

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