Microsoft End of Summer New Releases

Wow! What an incredible two weeks it has been for system admins all around the world! Microsoft has dropped numerous updated products at the end of the summer for 2016! Let’s take a look!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607)

Microsoft released it’s second major update to Windows 10, right outside a year after the initial launch of Windows 10 (hence the ‘Anniversary Update’ title). Some highlights include:

  • Windows Ink
  • Microsoft Edge Extensions
  • Dark Theme UI
  • Bash in Windows (!!)

Some important unique features to education include:

You can now get the ISO download on VLSC and MSDN for deployment. From my understanding no need for an update to MDT is needed, so MDT 2013 Update 2, should suffice for deployment, however a new Windows ADK is needed. Look for a blog post on that coming soon!

For more information on what’s new for IT Pros in the anniversary update, check out this TechNet Blog.

System Center Configuration Manager 1606

Everyone is aware that ConfigMgr has now adopted a new servicing model, right? It’s incredible. I tip my hat to the ConfigMgr Product Team at the rate they are improving this product. Furthermore, they are actually listening to customer feedback!

In July, Microsoft released the next iteration of ConfigMgr. Along with it came some big-ticket items, including:

  • Support for Windows 10 1607
  • Windows Information Protection (formerly EDP) features allow you to create and deploy information protection policy, including the ability to choose your protected apps and define your EDP-protection level.
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection features enable the ability to on-board and off-board Windows 10 clients to the cloud service and view agent health in the monitoring dashboard (requires a Windows Defender ATP tenant in Azure).
  • Windows Store for Business Integration allows you to manage and deploy applications purchased through the Windows Store for Business portal for both online and offline licensed apps.
  • Windows Hello for Business policies for domain-joined Windows 10 devices managed by the Configuration Manager client.

They’ve also added a number of popular User Voice items, including:

  • The addition of content status links in the admin console
  • The option of list view for applications in the Software Center
  • The ability to select multiple updates and simultaneously install them with the new Install Selected Updates button in the Software Center

A new technical preview (1607) was dropped just one week later!

Other Notable Releases

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