Back in October, when Microsoft announced that the next major feature release for Windows 10 would be called the Creators Update and include 3D for Everyone it was believed that this would be an update organizations and enterprise customers could skip right over.
However, we are learning today that just like the two previous Feature Updates for Windows 10, the November and Anniversary Updates, this Creators Update will bring along enhancements to its security feature set and in turn make it a compelling upgrade for businesses and others despite the initial impression that it was a largely consumer focused update.
Microsoft's Rob Lefferts, the Director of Program Management for Windows Enterprise and Security, took to the Windows For Business blog and shared all of the security and best-in-class modern IT tools that will be included in the Creators Update.
"Today, I’m excited to share that the Windows 10 Creators Update will deliver new features and capabilities for modern IT and bring even more security advancements to our enterprise customers as IT administrators drive digital transformation to optimize operations, enhance productivity and maintain the most secure environment possible."
Windows Security Center
This portal will continue to provide IT and System Admins one screen to view all Windows 10 security related events on a system. It will also link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection so that admins can follow an attack on devices in their network and email.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
New insights and actions will allow admins to investigate and deal with network attacks with sensors in memory, enriched detection, enriched intelligence, and enhanced remediation steps.
Streamlined IT Management
Windows 10 already improves management tasks for systems but this will be improved by moving resource and time heavy tasks to the cloud.
This tool already helps IT Pros take a closer look at their own networks to prepare for a migration to Windows 10 but new resources will get added to the Windows Analytics dashboard that will improve that even further.
Legacy BIOS to UEFI Conversions
Organizations who are using systems with UEFI BIOS but installed Windows 7 using a legacy BIOS option will get a new tool that will allow in-place conversions of those systems to facilitate the upgrade to Windows 10. This in turn will allow those systems to take advantage of Windows 10 features such as Device Guard which requires that UEFI based system.
Mobile Application Management
This new feature in the Creators Update will help protect data on personal devices without it needing to be part of another Mobile Device Management system. This allows the organization to have a BYOD program that still allows them to implement oversight and policies to those devices in order to protect the companies data.
Improvements for Windows as a Service (WaaS)
This is going to improve the size of downloads to update Windows 10 systems by implementing a new delivery mechanism called Unified Update Platform or UUP. I wrote about this over on SuperSite: windows earlier this week and bottom line is that only the newer data will be downloaded for an update instead of everything whether it received an update or not. Many of you will be familiar with this under another term - differential downloads.
You can begin to see and test these new features over the next few months leading up to the Creators Update release, which is expected in March 2017, by enrolling a couple of test systems in the Windows Insider Program.