- Windows October Update is currently rolling out on computers all over the world, so we took a quick look at some of the new features it brings.
- More specifically, we focused on new features reserved for IT pros that cover security, co-management, and deployment.
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As Windows October Update rolls out to PCs all over the world, we sneak-peeked at some of its features, and they don’t fail to deliver. Aside from features that cater to regular Windows PC users, Microsoft also reserved a bunch of perks for IT professionals.
Some of these pro-oriented features include MDM, Windows Autopilot, but also some security-related goodies. It seems like Windows 10 20H2 promises to be a release we’re all going to enjoy, regardless of PC operating skills or professional expertise.
Deployment and security updates ahead
Windows Autopilot receives many enhancements
Windows Autopilot is a bundle of technologies used to pre-configure new devices and get them ready for productive usage. This feature is predominantly used for repurposing old devices, but also reset or recover them.
The feature has been around for a while now, and is constantly being perfected by the Microsoft team.
The Windows October update (20H2) sees it enhanced with the following perks:
- HoloLens integration
- HoloLens 2 are already commercial-ready and feature support for various services, including MDM, BitLocker, Azure AD, MDM, and Windows Store/Update for Business. Windows Autopilot makes setting up HoloLens easier by bringing a self-deployment module to the table.
- Co-management driven Autopilot
- You can now set co-management policies during the deployment phase of Autopilot, so as to ensure easier and more efficient workload management.
- Task sequences and ESP
- Now it’s possible to use task sequences within Windows Autopilot. This enhancement lets you make the most of the Configuration manager, and even recycle sequences for easy device configuration. Furthermore, task sequences can block desktop access until they complete by integrating into the ESP (Enrollment Status Page).
- Deployment reporting enhancements
- Lets you monitor Autopilot deployment status in the admin center of Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Later on, you might even get to see app installation status, ESP duration, and policy status.
Security updates: an important part of 20H2
Windows‘ October Update encompasses some important IT pro-reserved security updates, including more biometric sign-on options. More specifically, the enhancements implemented virtualization-based security features in Windows Hello, in regards to certain face and fingerprint sensors.
This feature aims to isolate, and secure biometric authentication data from end-users.
One of the other security enhancements seen by Windows October Update is related to Microsoft Defender, which now supports the Office suite. This means you can now open and view suspicious Office documents in safe environments (similar to how sandboxes work).
The isolated environment will protect your PC from any malware component that might be embedded in the suspicious document.
Chromium-based Edge and simplified deployment
The 20H2 version of Windows 10 introduces Chromium-based Edge web browser for both regular users and IT pros. This means easier synchronization, compatibility over various operating systems, and a faster web browsing experience.
Furthermore, Windows October Update brings easier deployment to the table by means of combining LCUs and SSUs into single cumulative monthly updates. The update can be accessed from Windows Server Update Services or via the Microsoft Catalog.
If you’re curious about the Windows October update everyone talks about, check out our guide on how to download and install it easily.
What do you think about the new IT Pro-oriented features of the new Windows October Update? Share your thoughts with us below, in the comments section.