Tip of the Day: What’s New in Windows 10

Today’s Tip…

This is probably the most frequent question on aliases, forums, Yammer, etc.

So what is new? TechNet has it all organized and ready for your viewing on a page called, ready for this? What’s new in Windows 10. Go figure. Updates were made as recent as last month, so check back for the latest information.

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This topic lists new and updated topics in the What's new in Windows 10 documentation for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.


AppLocker helps you control which apps and files users can run. These include executable files, scripts, Windows Installer files, dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), packaged apps, and packaged app installers.


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.

Browser: Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11

Resources to help you explore the Windows 10 browsing options for your enterprise.

Credential Guard

Credential Guard uses virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them.

Device Guard

Device Guard is a combination of enterprise-related hardware and software security features that, when configured together, will lock a device down so that it can only run trusted applications. If the app isn’t trusted it can’t run, period. It also means that even if an attacker manages to get control of the Windows kernel, he or she will be much less likely to be able to run malicious executable code after the computer restarts because of how decisions are made about what can run and when.

Enterprise data protection (EDP)

With the increase of employee-owned devices in the enterprise, there’s also an increasing risk of accidental data disclosure through apps and services that are outside of the enterprise’s control like email, social media, and the public cloud.

Enterprise management for Windows 10 devices

Windows 10 provides mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for PCs, laptops, tablets, and phones that enable enterprise-level management of corporate-owned and personal devices.

Lockdown features from Windows Embedded Industry 8.1

Many of the lockdown features available in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry have been modified in some form for Windows 10. This table maps Windows Embedded Industry 8.1 features to Windows 10 Enterprise features, along with links to documentation.

Microsoft Passport

In Windows 10, Microsoft Passport replaces passwords with strong two-factor authentication that consists of an enrolled device and a Windows Hello (biometric) or PIN.

Provisioning packages

With Windows 10, you can create provisioning packages that let you quickly and efficiently configure a device without having to install a new image.


There are several key client security improvements Microsoft has made in Windows 10. These improvements focus on three key areas — threat resistance, information protection, and identity protection and access control. In addition to an overview of the features themselves, this article discusses the hardware requirements for each new feature and offers configuration recommendations and links to more detailed resources.

Security auditing

Security auditing is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to maintain the integrity of your system. As part of your overall security strategy, you should determine the level of auditing that is appropriate for your environment. Auditing should identify attacks (successful or not) that pose a threat to your network, and attacks against resources that you have determined to be valuable in your risk assessment.

Trusted Platform Module

This topic for the IT professional describes new features for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in Windows 10.

User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC) helps prevent malware from damaging a computer and helps organizations deploy a better-managed desktop environment.

Windows spotlight on the lock screen

Windows spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen. Windows spotlight is now available in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. For managed devices running Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, enterprise administrators can configure a mobile device management (MDM) or Group Policy setting to prevent users from using the Windows spotlight background.

Windows Store for Business overview

With the new Windows Store for Business, organizations can make volume purchases of Windows apps. The Store for Business provides app purchases based on organizational identity, flexible distribution options, and the ability to reclaim or re-use licenses. Organizations can also use the Store for Business to create a private store for their employees that includes apps from the Store, as well private Line-of-Business (LOB) apps.

Windows Update for Business

Windows Update for Business enables information technology administrators to keep the Windows 10-based devices in their organization always up to date with the latest security defenses and Windows features by directly connecting these systems to Microsoft’s Windows Update service.

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