April 2017 Windows and Devices Partner calls recap


Steve Adams, Windows and Devices

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the April 18 and April 26 Windows and Devices Partners community calls. Here’s a summary of what we discussed. If you missed the calls, or want to see and hear the discussions again, you can watch them on demand.

Microsoft in Education Windows 10 deployment workshops

Andrea Schneider, US Partner Marketing Manager for Education, discussed the Education Deployment Workshops. During this day-long workshop, Education customers (and partners) learn how to build their first Windows 10 image, deploy it to PCs, and manage those PCs in production. Attendees also learn about the new features in Windows 10 that help manage and secure environments. You can request a workshop using the link below – specify Windows Deployment Workshop in the Engagement Type field.

Windows 10 Creators Update

Steve Adams (@msdeviceguy) did a live review and demo of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which began rolling out on April 11, covering on new consumer/productivity features and the changes in this release that benefit IT Pros. Below are links to blog posts from the Windows team about the Creators Update.

Blog post: What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Highlights:

Blog post: What’s new for IT pros in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Highlights:

  • Windows Configuration Designer, formerly known as Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer, is now available as an app in the Windows Store
  • Bios to UEFI conversion utilizing MBR2GPT
  • Windows Hello for Business
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection capabilities
  • Windows Defender Antivirus (AV)
    • Enhanced Mobile Device Management support
    • Improvement to Windows as a Service (more control, update compliance)

    Secure Productive Enterprise opportunity

    On this special edition call for the Windows and Devices Partner Community, we discussed the partner opportunity with Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE). Walter Perry, community lead for Windows and Devices Partners, was joined by Nick Johnson, community lead for EMS Partners, and Michael Panciroli, community lead for Office 365 and Voice Partners, to talk about the value proposition for partners to sell SPE E5 in particular.

    Windows and Devices Partner Community

    We look forward to continuing the conversation with you about the Windows 10 opportunity. We use our Windows and Devices Partner Community calls, blog posts, and Yammer group to share information and connect with you. If you’re serious about building and sustaining a profitable Windows practice, and want in-depth assistance, email WinRecruit@microsoft.com or post your question in the Yammer group.

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