Microsoft developed a new set of cloud powered technologies aimed at simplifying the setup of new Windows 10 PCs called Windows AutoPilot.
Microsoft has used the “AutoPilot” brand before for its own datacenter-management technology, some codename buffs may recall. But, Windows AutoPilot seemingly has no connection to the original Microsoft AutoPilot.
Windows AutoPilot and a new Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program, both are Microsoft’s latest attempts to improve the provisioning and deployment experience around Windows 10.
The windows AutoPilot technology currently presents in Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703). The service enables enterprises to deliver a custom out-of-the box experience when employees handed a new PC. The cloud-based service guides users through a simplified self-service configuration process.
The Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program is for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, and resellers. The new Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program will available to customers later this year. Microsoft also is working to allow the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Partner Center to provide Windows AutoPilot support, allowing businesses and partners to enroll devices themselves.
Microsoft adds more features to Intune to enable it to take advantage of Windows AutoPilot and upcoming Windows Defender Application Guard technology in the Fall Creators Update. Intune will provide a way to deploy and configure Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Firewall rules.
Intune also provide an option to show progress during the device provisioning process. So, employees can see information about what their companies are managing.
Devices joined to Active Directory and automatically registered in the Azure Active Directory can be enrolled in Intune or other mobile-device-management service via Windows Autopilot Deployment.
Microsoft is planning to add a new Device Health capability to Windows Analytics. Windows Analytics works with the Microsoft Operations Management Suite. The Device Health capability will available “soon”, with general availability later this calendar year, Microsoft officials said.