After Windows 10 was released on July 29, a number of business users have begun showing interest in the software. Although released primarily as a consumer version with some business features built in, Windows 10 was downloaded on to 75 million PCs in the first month alone. At 5% of the PC market, 1.5 million of these downloads were by business users.
The business edition of Windows 10 includes a number of features designed to simplify the user experience, enhance productivity, and ensure the protection of personal and corporate data. Here are some of those features that make the Windows 10 experience easier for business users.
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Windows Hello and Windows Passport
Windows Hello introduces users to a new, more secure way of logging in to their Windows 10. Using biometric authentication features, such as a fingerprint or facial recognition, Windows Hello allows users to eliminate using passwords, which can become lost, forgotten, or fall into the wrong hands.
To use Windows Hello, you will need certain hardware and technology. Facial recognition cannot be done on a typical webcam and requires more advanced services, such as the Intel F200 RealSense 3D camera. While these features are not currently standard with our devices, regular business use would make them a staple in future device developments.
Microsoft Passport works in conjunction with Windows Hello to give users access to other apps and online services without having to type in a password.
One of the many features, for business users constantly operating multiple apps or switching programs, Windows 10’s Virtual Desktops allows you to split or group different open apps across a number of different desktops.
Instead of needing to use different monitors, Virtual Desktop keeps everything organized, open, and ready to use on its respective desktop.
Creating and using a new desktop is easy. Simply enter ”Task View” on your Windows 10 screen. In the bottom right hand corner, you’ll see a plus sign with the words “New Desktop” written below. Select to create a new desktop. Drag the apps you would like to hold on your new desktop into the designated space and you’re all set.
To switch between desktops, simply enter ”Task View.” Task View should allow you to see all the desktops you have currently operating. To move to a new desktop, just click on the one you would like to work in.
Windows Update for Business
Windows Update for Business is a system that makes it easier for business owners to manage updates. Right now, Windows Update for Business only has two features, Defer Updates and Windows Update Delivery Optimization, but more features will be added in the future.
Defer Updates allows business users to avoid updating their software for a few months. Windows Update Delivery Optimization allows you to get updates from other sources, making it easier to manage updates if you’re using a number of different computers or devices.
Enterprise Data Protection
Because companies recommend using one device for both business and personal use, users are storing a lot of personal and professional information on their cellphones and computers. Enterprise Data Protection will protect and encrypt any enterprise information for Windows 10 users.
Enterprise Date Protection allows users to view both personal and enterprise apps on the same screen, so user experience is not compromised. Marking an app as business will protect the personal apps from gaining information and access to anything labeled as enterprise.
Device Guard is another protection service from Windows 10, in addition to Hello and Passport. Device Guard works to protect applications and programs from attacks by hackers who have already gained access to the device.
Device Guard provides business users with another level of protection that works in conjunction with traditional control technologies.
Credential Guard is yet another level of protection against online and malware threats. Credential Guard works with Device Guard, but where Device Guard protects the actual device, Credential Guard protects the information within. If the device is compromised, Credential Guard will protect important information from falling in the wrong hands.
Mobile Device Management
Because business typically operates on a number of different devices, including computers, smartphones, and tablet, Mobile Device Management ensures that each user’s experience is as similar as possible.
The business version of Mobile Device Management includes features like multiple user management, control over Windows store and user groups, and management of virtual private networks.
Continuum for Windows Phones
Business users can find themselves needing computer capabilities at the most inconvenient times. With the addition of Continuum for Windows Phones, users will get a desktop PC experience on their smartphones. Through connecting a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, users can do almost everything on their smartphone that they could on a typical computer.
Additionally, users can continue using phone systems, like text messaging, while working on Continuum.