- New developments for Windows 11 and Windows 365 for business customers in the areas of management, security, productivity, and collaboration
- Windows 11 introduces two powerful new features: enhanced phishing detection and protection built into Windows with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen
- Introducing new features: focus sessions, system-wide live captioning, and voice access, empowering everyone, including people with disabilities, to do more
- Bringing Autopatch to customers at no additional cost, as part of the Windows Enterprise E3 subscription
- Soon to deliver new integrations that bring the power of Windows 11 and Windows 365 together
Pacific Asia6 April 2022 – Microsoft announces new developments for Windows 11 and Windows 365 for business customers in the areas of management, security, productivity, and collaboration.
“Over the last two years, work has changed dramatically. Most employees want flexible, remote options to stay. Cyber threats are at an all time high. And with the move to hybrid working, IT managers are challenged to empower their workforce with new technology experiences,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer at Microsoft. “At Microsoft, it’s our responsibility to deliver tools and technologies that make hybrid working work for our customers. Windows is central to this mission. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work. It’s built on a familiar, compatible foundation that’s easy for IT to manage. It is designed to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving cyber landscape and is equipped with experiences that help employees do their best work.”
Zero Trust chip-to-cloud security on Windows tuned for hybrid working
“Cybersecurity issues and risks” top the list of concerns for business decision-makers in the year ahead, new Microsoft data shows Labor Trend Index 2022. With built-in chip-to-cloud protection, Windows 11 helps organizations meet the new security challenges of the hybrid workplace, now and in the future.
Microsoft’s more than one billion Windows users will benefit from tightly integrated layers of hardware and software protection, including deep partnerships with silicon and device manufacturers to elevate security against multiple attack vectors. Devices need to be more secure than ever from phishing, weak credentials, malware, ransomware, data loss, and the serious risk of hardware attacks if a device is stolen. Windows helps provide that by attacking and disrupting the techniques used by ransomware and other large-scale cyberattacks.
Windows 11 introduces two powerful new features that attack the most common cyberattack techniques: phishing and targeted malware. New in Windows 11 is enhanced phishing detection and protection built into Windows with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. This new feature will help protect users from phishing attacks by identifying and alerting users when they enter their Microsoft credentials into a malicious app or hacked website. Smart App Control uses code signing in conjunction with Microsoft’s powerful AI models to ensure only trusted apps run, blocking one of the biggest attack vectors in Windows by default. Microsoft is also looking to the future to bring the power of the cloud to hardware with the flexible and upgradeable Microsoft Pluto security processor.
More inclusive, accessible and intelligent
Microsoft introduces new features like Focus Sessions, system-wide Live Captions, and Voice Access that empower everyone, including people with disabilities, to do more.
Focus Sessions make it easy for information workers and people with ADHD to develop healthy digital habits and be more productive. System-wide live captions in Windows 11 make it easy for everyone, including people who are hard of hearing or deaf and language learners, to understand spoken content. Voice Access makes it possible for everyone, including people with limited mobility and people with repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel, to control their device and dictate content using their voice. Each of these experiences was created in partnership with people with disabilities and extended to many other Windows users.
Additionally, the redesigned, cloud-based File Explorer makes it easier to locate files by allowing users to view all files in one centralized place. Users can also pin files and create tabs in File Explorer, turning what used to take six clicks to get to an important file to one.
To further enhance the meeting and collaboration experience, Microsoft is also introducing new smart meeting features for Windows 11 powered by AI. Users can connect with each other across their devices and with new features like voice clarity, auto-framing, portrait background blur and eye contact, making the experience more personal.
Empower IT with streamlined Windows management
Microsoft introduced its new intelligent managed service, Windows Autopatch, which can help reduce the burden on IT by automating updates for Windows, Microsoft Edge, and Office. Microsoft will bring Autopatch to customers at no additional cost, as part of the Windows Enterprise E3 subscription.
With Windows 365, Microsoft is extending the Windows experience to the cloud to help meet the changing needs of the workforce. Windows 365 Enterprise edition gives organizations the flexibility to deliver an amazing Windows experience on a corporate or personal device, all managed in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Through Endpoint Manager, IT can manage Windows 365 Cloud PCs alongside their physical PCs. Additionally, the feature most requested by Microsoft customers, Azure AD Join support for cloud PCs, will be generally available in May 2022.
App management for Microsoft Edge is also coming to Windows 11 to provide more flexibility in how and where employees work. When employees need to use personal devices to check on work or complete tasks, Microsoft wants to help IT ensure that end users can access corporate resources securely. With application protection policies applied in Endpoint Manager for Edge for Windows, administrators will be able to configure how data flows in and out of their organization, as well as define the allowed threat level of Windows Defender on the device. Microsoft enables employees to securely access company resources from their personal Windows device while maintaining security and privacy.
Microsoft also heralds a new era for Microsoft Endpoint Manager that will bring together mission-critical endpoints and security management tools in a single cloud-based solution. Over time, Microsoft will release a number of capabilities in Endpoint Manager designed to improve end-user experiences, increase endpoint security, and reduce TCO. These new solutions will help protect endpoints in the cloud, on premises, and across device platforms, and will be critical for organizations striving to adopt a Zero Trust security model.
Microsoft is also launching remote help. The first of its premium endpoint management add-on for Endpoint Manager Remote that addresses an important need for hybrid working, by securely helping employees with their daily IT needs with secure help desk connections no matter where they work . .
Eliminate the boundaries between PC and cloud
Microsoft will soon offer new integrations that bring together the power of Windows 11 and Windows 365. Integrations include Windows 365 Switch for seamless movement between cloud PC and local PC with a single click, Windows 365 Boot to boot directly to the Windows 365 PCs in the cloud in one step and the ability to work offline and then automatically resynchronize without losing any data with Windows 365 offline. These scenarios are powerful for businesses and are just the beginning of Windows and Microsoft cloud integration.
Device partners make more possible
A key element to hybrid working is ensuring devices are modern and secure. Microsoft’s partner ecosystem offers the widest range of devices on the market, from 2-in-1s to laptops and desktops, at all price points. OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell Technologies, Dynabook Fujitsu Client Computing, Getac, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, NEC PC, Panasonic and Samsung, along with our silicon partners AMD, Intel and Qualcomm, offer the best of Windows. 11 innovation for joint customers. This innovation includes core-secure PCs, video conferencing, next-generation graphics, all-day battery life, rugged designs for frontline workers, instant-on, fast memory and extreme performance, sustainable designs, and more.
“Over the past two years, the organizations that have thrived have been those that have embraced digital transformation,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer at Microsoft. “We can’t always predict what’s next, but we can make sure Windows stays at the forefront of technology and experiences—from the cloud to intelligence to devices—enabling organizations to embrace whatever comes next. Windows 11 and Windows 365 are poised to usher us all into the next era of hybrid working. We are building Windows for the future, to support the future of business, by giving organizations the most secure, manageable and productive Windows experience on the planet.”
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