Desktop Analytics just made Windows upgrades easier. Or did it?


Vlad Turiceanu
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Desktop Analytics helps the update process run seamlessly

Microsoft just released the public preview of Desktop Analytics. The service is cloud-connected and it’s meant, more or less, for system administrators.

Its main purpose is to help admins keep Windows 10 programs up to date by creating app inventories to easily check for compatibility issues.

The tool comes as a Windows Analytics evolution and integrates the System Center Configuration Manager. Microsoft claims that this will help you make more informed decisions when it comes to Windows updates.

Despite that, not everyone agrees. Some users consider that the tool has no purpose and it will make updating harder:

All this tool does is help you identify apps/drivers/etc that are incompatible with Win10, and could therefore make upgrading painful. That information is useful, but it doesn’t actually help you fix the problem… it just tells you there is a problem.

We had a consultant come in and implement this and all it basically does is say this driver good, this bad. Doesn’t help you fix the problem, just says there is one.

If Desktop Analytics offers some benefits or not, is up to you to decide.

On the other hand, Microsoft stated that:

By combining data from your own organization with data aggregated from millions of devices connected to our cloud services, you can take the guess work out of testing these apps and instead focus your attention on key blockers

So, the tool aims to automate app and hardware testing ahead of the update, the end goal being a precise result of compatibility or incompatibility with the system, making the update process more reliable.


Did you know outdated drivers often trigger update errors? Use this guide to avoid such issues.


Theoretically, Desktop Analytics removes the guessing game when it comes to apps and drivers updates, allowing the update process to run seamlessly.

What do you think about Desktop Analytics? Leave the answer along with any other questions in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to continue the talk.

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