Windows Autopilot is a suite of capabilities powered by cloud-based services. It is designed to simplify deployment and management of new Windows 10 PC’s along with enhancements to Mobile Device Management and new Device Health features in Windows Analytics. Essentially, order standard equipment through a specific process of providing corporate information, and the equipment shows up (directly to the end-user if chosen) ready to go – including connecting to the corporate network, standard apps, image, etc.
Prior to an announcement this week, Autopilot was only designed for Microsoft’s own Surface devices. But, Microsoft has now recently announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba are participating device manufacturers and Panasonic and Acer will be coming soon.
Windows 10 Fall Update is just around the corner. The following new features will be included in this update:
- Windows Autopilot Reset – a new reset mechanism to reset a fully configured device while maintaining MDM management and AAD connection state and automatically get the device back into a fully configured state.
- Enhanced Personalization with Windows Autopilot Deployment – ability to pre-assign a device to a specific employee in the organization via cloud-configuration.
- Self Service Active Directory domain join – self-service deployment to get new Windows 10 devices into Active Directory domain joined state along with Microsoft Intune enrollment.
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