Controlling Windows 10 Tips, Tricks and Suggestions in the Anniversary Update

Controlling Windows 10 Tips, Tricks and Suggestions in the Anniversary Update

Last week Microsoft released an updated TechNet article that discusses managing if Windows 10 and the Windows Store can display various tips, tricks and suggestions.

The changes detailed in this article apply specifically to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Version 1607, that will begin rolling out on 02 August.

If you pay attention to social media you may have already seen some of this information popping up on various social media accounts and tech websites.

The article lists several areas that are targets of this new change of control in the Anniversary Update:

  • Windows Spotlight on the lock screen. Daily updated images on the lock screen that can include additional facts and tips in “hotspots” that are revealed on hover.
  • Start menu app suggestions. App suggestions in Start that recommend productivity tool or utilities from the Windows Store.
  • Additional apps on Start. Additional apps pre-installed on the Start screen which can enhance the user’s experience.
  • Windows tips. Contextual tips that appear based on specific user actions to reveal related Windows features or help users complete a scenario.
  • Microsoft account notifications. For users who have a connected Microsoft account, toast notifications about their account like parental control notifications or subscription expiration.

In the current releases of Windows 10, administrators could manage these areas through Group Policy and Mobile Device Management however, that control is changing significantly for the Windows 10 Professional version of Windows 10.

This chart, included in the TechNet article, shows the changes and defaults admins can now expect for these versions of Windows 10.

Control Options in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The biggest change is that admins can no longer disable these features on Windows 10 Professional. According to Mary Jo Foley over on ZD Net, these items can still be changed on the machine locally using Group Policy.

Whether this is an effort to get more business users moving up to Windows Enterprise is unknown but there is plenty of disappointment about this change being expressed among IT admins and others.

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