MICROSOFT HAS BEEN explaining the enhanced update functionality in Windows 10 for system administrators.
Operating systems EVP Terry Myerson, fresh from the Build conference keynote, told Ignite delegates about an increasingly sophisticated system for controlling updates that will be available to business users of Windows 10.
Headlines of the announcement include a hardware-based secure boot with a device guard to ensure that side-loaded apps are banished and that only Windows Store for Business apps run, using Hyper-V isolation, just in case they're not just erroneous, but nasty.
A health booster also makes sure that devices are compliant, updated and safe, Myerson explained.
In addition to biometric authentication, Microsoft's Passport feature uses Hyper-V to ensure that your password doesn't go via the interweb, so there is no chance of its being intercepted.
The new option, Windows Update for Business, offers extra capabilities, including distribution rings which specify at what stage devices get an update. This ensures that business-critical machines don't get something which uncovers glitches when it is rolled out.
It's a similar idea to the system being used in the Windows 10 Preview at the moment, which has a fast and slow ring.
"Windows Update for Business will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates, and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis," said Myerson.
Maintenance windows will specify times at which rollouts may not occur, and the use of peer-to-peer delivery will reduce the bandwidth required for remote locations.
Windows Update for Business also offers integration with existing tools including System Centre and Enterprise Mobility Suite.
The service will be free to all Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise users. It is already live in the Windows 10 previews and members of the Insider programme can dive in now, with the usual disclaimers, of course. µ
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