Microsoft Windows 10 for Business

With Windows 10, first released in 2015 Microsoft introduced its first platform with a comprehensive operating system. Windows 10 is running on desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Windows 10 comes with highly improved security features, a new browser and plenty of features to make work more productive and efficient.

Key Features and Benefits for Your Business

Maximum Performance & Flexibility

Windows 10 Enterprise offers a familiar user interface for productive work on a PC, tablet or smartphone. Thanks to the welcome parallels to Windows 7, among which is the start menu on the desktop, you will feel like an expert in no time. 2-in-1 devices give the choice between desktop and tablet mode, which can be used interchangeably by switching between keyboard and touch.

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Protection against Modern Security Threats

Security risks for Enterprise are growing in importance. Windows 10 offers completely new methods for the protection of your systems and data. It has been developed to protect data, devices and identities of the biggest and most demanding companies and governments throughout the world.

Windows 10 also has an integrated defense mechanism for protecting critical company data against indiscretion, theft, and separates business data from personal. Technologies such as Secure Boot and Device Guard ensure protection right from switching on your device until switching it off again.


Some examples of Security features

  • Windows Hello: Windows Hello is a more personal way to sign in to your Windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch. You’ll get enterprise-grade security without having to type in a password.

  • Windows Information Protection: With the increase of employee-owned devices in the enterprise, there’s also an increasing risk of accidental data leak through apps and services, like email, social media, and the public cloud, which are outside of the enterprise’s control. Windows Information Protection (WIP) helps to protect against potential data leakage without otherwise interfering with the employee experience. WIP also helps to protect enterprise apps and data against accidental data leak on enterprise-owned devices and personal devices that employees bring to work without requiring changes to your environment or other apps.

  • BitLocker: BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned computers.

  • Credential Guard (not included in Win 10 Pro): Windows Defender Credential Guard uses virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them. Unauthorized access to these secrets can lead to credential theft attacks, such as Pass-the-Hash or Pass-The-Ticket. Windows Defender Credential Guard prevents these attacks.

  • Device Guard: Device Guard is a group of key features, designed to harden a computer system against malware. Its focus is preventing malicious code from running by ensuring only known good code can run. Device Guard is not a feature as such; rather it is a set of features designed to work together to prevent and eliminate untrusted code from running on a Windows 10 system.

  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) provides preventative protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploits, and gives you centralized management for your end-to-end security lifecycle. ATP is only available with Windows 10 Enterprise E5.

Seamless work across Devices

A big part of Windows 10 is its ability to work seamlessly across devices. Microsoft’s idea is to have the same operating system running on your smartphone, tablet, laptop and even games console. Windows 10 has a feature called Continuum that allows users to stop mid-task on one device, and then pick it up on another without any issues or delay.

With Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 per User licenses, devices currently running Windows 10 Pro, version 1703 can get Windows 10 Enterprise Semi-Annual Channel on up to five devices for each user covered by the license. When a licensed user signs in to a device that meets requirements using the Azure AD credentials associated with a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 license, the operating system turns from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise and all the appropriate Windows 10 Enterprise features are unlocked.

Software Assurance Benefits for Windows 10

Some examples of SA Benefits for Windows 10 include:

  • Windows to Go: Provides the complete installation, all applications and the 32-bit desktop of a user on a USB drive. The drive can be used on any USB-bootable PC and provides a second security layer as the user is not able to access the local host drives.

  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP): Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies that help manage, secure, and monitor your devices, while simplifying and accelerating the deployment of key Windows features.

  • Technical and end-user training: Software Assurance training benefits help build technical skills and ready IT professionals, developers, and end users for the latest wave of Microsoft technologies.

  • New Version Rights: Each Microsoft product license that is covered by active Software Assurance can be upgraded to the most recent version for no additional cost. For example, if a new version of Windows is released during the term of your agreement, your licenses are automatically upgraded to the new version (and you have the choice whether to deploy it or not).

Please refer to this website for further information about SA Benefits. 

Windows 10 Editions

Within Volume License Agreements Windows Enterprise with Software Assurance is offered in two editions – Windows Enterprise E3 and E5. Apart from additional software features, these editions also contain new extra benefits for corporate customers. They are available as device licenses or as user licenses.

Next to these editions, Windows 10 is also available as Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 LTSC for specialized devices.

There is also Windows 10 for Education customers that is available through Volume Licensing programs for education and research.
 

Features

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2016

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Enterprise E3

Windows 10 Enterprise E5

Only quality updates (10 years of support), feature updates only with new version

     

Monthly quality Updates (cumulative security updates and patches)

 

Features updates 2x per year

 

Windows as a Service

Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft released new versions of Windows every few years. This traditional deployment schedule imposed a training burden on users because the feature revisions were often significant. It also meant waiting long periods without new features — a scenario that does not work in today’s rapidly changing world. Windows as a service will deliver smaller feature updates two times per year.

Deploying Windows 10 is simpler than with previous versions of Windows. When migrating from earlier versions of Windows, an easy in-place upgrade process can be used to automatically preserve all apps, settings, and data. Once running Windows 10, deployment of Windows 10 feature updates will be equally simple. Windows 10 is compatible with most hardware and software capable of running on Windows 7 or later. Because of this high level of compatibility, the app compatibility testing process can be greatly simplified.

Windows 10 offers three servicing channels:

  • The Windows Insider Program provides organizations with the opportunity to test and provide feedback on features that will be shipped in the next feature update.

  • The Semi-Annual Channel provides new functionality with twice-per-year feature update releases, usually in March and September.

  • The Long-term Servicing Channel is intended for specialized systems—such as PCs that control medical equipment, point-of-sale systems, and ATMs—that often require a longer servicing option because of their purpose. It’s important that these devices be kept as stable and secure as possible than up to date with user interface changes. The LTSC servicing model prevents devices from receiving the usual feature updates and provides only quality updates to ensure that device security stays up to date.

If you need help finding the right edition, service channel or purchasing option for Windows 10 for your business, our licensing specialists will be happy to support you.

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