1. The Information Week article called, “Windows 10: Microsoft Attempts A SaaS Model” by Larry Loeb explains that a key change in Windows 10 Enterprise is that Microsoft will no longer be charge per license. Instead Microsoft will charge per device to accommodate growth, the cloud and mobility sectors. In addition, an Information Week article called “Windows 10 Vs. Windows 7: What Enterprise IT Needs To Know” by Curtis Franklin explains how Windows 10 Enterprise differs in comparison to Windows 7 Enterprise and other versions. Windows 10 as a Service is a feature that is included in Windows 10 Enterprise. The purpose of WAaS is to simplify the process of upgrading and updating. I think that there has to be some accommodations made, especially because security threats constantly evolve. Microsoft has to develop solutions which may involve totally new builds and operating systems. Those upgrades have to be pushed to servers and individual users. So economically I understand how a per-user charge would be more suitable, compared to collective usage charges.
  2. An article called “Battery Saver” on Microsoft’s Hardware Dev Center website explains that the Battery Saver feature will automatically activate when the device percentage falls below 20%. Battery Saver also prevents applications from running in the background and it limits other application activity, to limit consumption of battery usage while the battery level is below 20%. An article listed on Microsoft’s Windows IT Center called, “Power Management for Network Devices in Windows 7” explains that there are features that can be configured to manage power on a network. For example the Low Power on Media Disconnect feature places the network adapter in a low power state when the local area connection cable is unplugged. However there are not battery features that are integrated like Batter Saver on Windows 10 devices. So Windows 7’s battery consumption management is more manual and less intricate. Both systems do allow you to set criteria for when the display and PC is idle.
  1. The article “Windows 10: Manageability Choices” listed on Microsoft’s blog site Windows explains that Windows 10 offers more manageability choices for cloud based Active Directory. Users will be able to sign into the Active Directory accounts and, “automatically be signed-in to cloud-based services like Office 365, Microsoft Intune, and the Windows Store…” That integration is key because users do not have to continuously logon to other applications in the cloud or vice versa.
  2. The “Windows 10: Manageability Choices” article explains that Microsoft introduced an embedded in-depth Mobile Device Management in the operating system. MDM allows professionals to manage corporate and non-corporate devices on the same platform. Previous versions of Windows did not focus on device integration management for corporate devices.
  3. As described in an article called, “Cortana integration in your business or enterprise” by Lizz Ross on Microsoft’s TechNet website explains that Cortana is integrated in Windows 10 Enterprise. Previously there was no personal digital assistant available for Enterprise editions. Users are able to get the perks of a mobile device on a desktop. Even if users do not have a microphone on their device they are still able to use the digital assistant by typing in requests. Use of Cortana does required an Azure Active Directory account.
  4. An article called “Microsoft Improves Windows 10’s User Interface in Latest Preview Release” posted on Redmond Magazine states that in keeping with Windows 8.1 Microsoft reintroduces a start menu that allows users to have a central places to view applications, documents and files similar to a Windows 7 Enterprise interface. In addition an article called, “Windows 10: Adaptive User Interface” on Microsoft’s TechNet website explains that Windows 10 has the same user interface on all devices. In addition interchangeable code written adapts to different sized interfaces. In terms of manageability, AD Azure integration and troubleshooting I think that having one user interface code minimizes troubleshooting and patching. Today’s mobile users are using mobile phone and tablets. Many of the devices are either smartphones or touchscreens. So Windows 10 Enterprise versions compared to Windows 8 Enterprise offers more integration support for its users.
  5. A new feature in Windows 10 Enterprise Desktop is Device Guard, which is a feature that protects the system during start up. Device guard has the ability to block unknown and or malicious programs during startup. There was no included software that protected users in Windows 7. Not only does Device Guard work during startup it also allows you to make configurations so that only trusted applications run on your devices.

 

References

 

  1. “Battery Saver”, Hardware Dev Center, https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/commercialize/design/component-guidelines/battery-saver.

2a. “Power Management for Network Devices in Windows 7”, Windows IT Center, https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617165(v=ws.10).aspx.

  1. Windows 10: Manageability Choices”, https://blogs.windows.com/business/2014/11/07/windows-10-manageability-choices/#IwIcIUeirWGQs1QK.97
  2. Ross, Lizz, “Cortana integration in your business or enterprise”. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/manage/cortana-at-work-overview.
  3. Mackle, Kurt, “Microsoft Improves Windows 10’s User Interface in Latest Preview Release”, Redmond Magazine, https://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/04/29/windows-10-ui-improvements.aspx

6a. “Windows 10: Adaptive User Interface”, TechNet, https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/31892.windows-10-adaptive-user-interface.aspx

  1. Lich, Brian, “Device Guard deployment guide”, TechNet, https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/keep-secure/device-guard-deployment-guide.
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