What's New in Windows 10? Top Benefits for Remote Workforces

For avid Windows 10 users, Microsoft is rolling out another suite of biannual updates. Windows 10 has already established itself as an OS forerunner – with responsive and personable user interfaces, extensive application compatibility, ransomware protection, threat detection, and authentication features such as Microsoft Passport and single-sign-on. Now, the OS is getting a boost to support the unique needs of remote employees.

Here Are the Top 4 New Features Coming to Windows 10:

Productivity Updates for At-Home Work Environments

The Windows 10 Spring update is really focused on the remote work experience. New features include:

  • Multicamera support for Windows Hello, allowing users to use external cameras with higher resolution as their default setting.
  • Windows Hello, the sign-on application for PCs, is being updated to provide a more secure and speedy login.
  • Faster opening times for documents and applications to improve the efficiency of remote processes.
  • Improvements to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Device Management (DM) for ease of device oversight, employment, and performance.

These added benefits will provide users seamless access to resources, greater collaborative capabilities, and a more secure mobile environment. Users who have not updated their OS will continue to receive 20H2 updates until Windows moves everything to 21H1 in the weeks following the release. It is important to note that Windows 7 is no longer receiving updates, so the next time you update your PC, it will be to Windows 10.


Ease of Mobile Device Management

The new Windows update makes it easier for IT administrators to keep Windows 10 devices up to date with the latest security features. Windows 10 lets your IT team control the update offerings and test the changes on a subset of devices before updating across your organization. They can also choose which updates are offered to the devices in their organization, such as laptops and computers, and implement them in waves. For a successful update:

  • Ensure devices have at least 10 GB of free space.
  • Charge your devices regularly. Updates will automatically occur if you leave the device plugged in overnight, outside of active hours.
  • At a minimum, use your devices for two hours, continuously, at least 6 hours per month.

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Microsoft will continue to build on these updates in the fall, with changes designed to enhance and enliven the remote work experience. They have teased the following roll-outs:

  • "Post update experience" where Windows will send a pop-up box explaining new updates
  • News and interests pinned to the taskbar
  • Automatic time zone changes
  • Start-up app notifications
  • Added array of emojis
  • File skill for Cortana

If you are having trouble with Windows 10 or want to know more about this set of updates, we can help! Request a free IT consultation today.

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