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Check out all the Microsoft 365 news shared at Ignite

We’re at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Fla., today with more than 25,000 business customers and IT leaders from around the world. We’ve shared news spanning Microsoft’s commercial businesses – Office 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Security + Mobility and much more – with a focus on how the company is empowering people and organizations to succeed in a rapidly evolving workplace and innovate for the future.
Check out more details below on how Microsoft 365 is enabling a modern workplace and empowering all workers, students, and educators with technology to be more creative, productive and secure.
Advancing intelligence, management and security to empower the Modern Workplace
All Workers Welcome with Microsoft 365
Announcing Microsoft 365 Education, a single, affordable technology solution built for education

Maximizing IT’s Impact with Microsoft 365 Powered Devices
Announcing Windows 10 S Devices for Firstline Workers

Stepping Up Protection with Intelligent Security

New Microsoft 365 Features to Accelerate GDPR Compliance
Windows resources to help support your GDPR compliance

Windows resources to help support your GDPR compliance

With exactly eight months to go until the deadline, any organization that wants to do business with European Union (EU) residents will need to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to a recent report by Spiceworks, only 25 percent of organizations are prepared for this landmark regulatory requirement. At Microsoft, we are actively helping accelerate our customers’ compliance journey. Earlier this year, Brendon Lynch, our Chief Privacy Officer, announced our commitment to the principles behind GDPR and to helping organizations successfully comply with this new regulation.
Today, we are sharing two new Windows resources, Accelerate GDPR compliance with Windows 10 and Accelerate GDPR compliance with Windows Server 2016 white papers, that will help you plan and prepare for the GDPR deadline.
These important resources detail the security features and capabilities built into Windows that can help you comply with GDPR and implement the technical and organizational security measures to help protect personal data. For Windows 10 these compliance capabilities include:
Threat Protection: Pre-breach Threat Resistance
Threat Protection: Post-breach Detection and Response
Identity Protection
Information Protection
Additional capabilities for Windows Server include:
Credential and administrator privilege protections
Secure the operating system to run your apps and infrastructure
Secure virtualization
Implementing the appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect personal data will take time, changes in process, expertise and training for your organization to comply with GPDR. For those just getting started, we recommended you begin your journey to GDPR compliance by focusing on four key steps:

While these requirements may seem daunting, Windows can help you effectively and efficiently address many of the GDPR requirements.
Threat, identity & information protection
As Brad Smith noted this summer, there is no privacy without security. That’s why we’ve always focused on security technologies and privacy features in our Windows operating system (OS) to help safeguard your information.
With Windows 10, your ability to protect, detect and defend against the types of attacks that can lead to data breaches is greatly improved. Given the stringent requirements around breach notification within the GDPR, ensuring that your desktop and laptop systems are well defended will lower the risks you face that could result in costly breach analysis and notification.
A key provision within the GDPR is data protection by design and by default. Helping with your ability to meet this provision are features within Windows 10 such as BitLocker Device Encryption.  BitLocker uses the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology, which provides hardware-based, security-related functions.  This crypto-processor chip includes multiple physical security mechanisms to make it tamper resistant, and malicious software is unable to tamper with the security functions of the TPM.
We encourage you to learn more about security technologies in the Accelerate GDPR compliance with Windows 10 white paper.
Identity protection, credential management & infrastructure security
Security breaches can have profound consequences for your organization. Windows Server 2016 has built-in risk mitigation capabilities to help implement technical and organizational security measures to protect personal data. These include a secure operating system to run your apps and infrastructure, anti-malware technologies that protect your environment from threats and exploits, and identity protection and credential management solutions that enable you to move from passwords to more secure forms of authentication. These are important elements of our defense-in-depth strategy that, combined with a layer of information protection, is built into hardware and virtual systems.
The GDPR requires you to implement appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect personal data and processing systems. In the context of the GDPR, your physical and virtual server environments are potentially processing personal and sensitive data. Processing can mean any operation or set of operations, such as data collection, storage, and retrieval.
The ability to protect personal and sensitive data, that may be stored or accessed through desktops or laptops, will be further enhanced by adopting advanced authentication capabilities and access management.
As you work to comply with the GDPR, understanding the role of your physical and virtual servers in creating, accessing, processing, storing and managing data that may qualify as personal and potentially sensitive data under the GDPR is important. Windows Server provides capabilities that will help you comply with the GDPR requirements to implement appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect personal data.
Additional details can be found in the Accelerate GDPR compliance with Windows Server 2016 white paper.
Get started today
Together with Microsoft’s comprehensive Cloud portfolio and the Microsoft 365 solutions announced today, these new Windows resources can help you make meaningful progress in preparation for these regulations. I encourage you to check them out to see how Windows can help simplify your GDPR journey.
In the coming months, we will continue to share how Windows is getting ready for GDPR and how using Windows can help you with your compliance journey. We also want to hear from you, so please also continue sharing your feedback and privacy questions.
– Marisa

Announcing Windows 10 S devices for Firstline Workers

For years at Microsoft, our goal was to put a computer on every desk. Now as we strive to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, we see a significant opportunity to bring technology to all workers, especially those on the front line. These two billion Firstline Workers are the people who serve as the first point of contact between an organization and its customers or products. A critical part of empowering this workforce is providing custom technology experiences and streamlined, secure devices that help them get their work done and build skills.
Today at Ignite, we shared our vision for empowering these workers, currently underserved by technology, with Microsoft 365 F1, a new plan designed to maximize the impact of the Firstline Worker. Microsoft 365 F1 also makes it easy to train and upskill employees, with Microsoft Stream to share dynamic role-based content and video, and SharePoint to easily distribute onboarding and training materials and manage institutional knowledge in one secure place.
Windows 10 S devices for Firstline Workers
Today, we also announced new commercial devices with Windows 10 S for Firstline Workers from our OEM partners HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Fujitsu starting at $275, with availability beginning later this year. Simple, secure, and easy to manage, Windows 10 S devices minimize total cost of ownership for Firstline Workers:

Simple to use: Windows 10 S delivers a familiar Windows 10 experience so Firstline Workers can get productive right away. It is designed for performance, start-ups are quick and built to stay that way so that productivity never slows down, even on entry-level devices. It offers more seamless integration with hosted VMs for remote desktop and apps for firstline worker scenarios. And it is fully integrated with OneDrive, empowering Firstline Workers to work from anywhere.
Streamlined for security: Designed with Firstline Workers in mind, Windows 10 S has the goal of preventing the most common cyber attacks like ransomware and exploits. Applications built on the Universal Windows Platform or Centennial are delivered via the Windows Store ensuring they have been verified for security and integrity. And with Microsoft Edge, Firstline Workers are protected against phishing attacks and malicious software.
Easy to manage: Windows 10 S was designed with Modern IT in mind, including cloud-based identity and management with Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Intune. Together with Windows Update for Business, organizations can manage and update Windows 10 S devices using the power and convenience of the cloud.
In a future update, organizations will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise capabilities such as Credential Guard, Application Guard and benefit from centralized management of the Store, Cortana and other features on Windows 10 S devices with a Microsoft 365 subscription. With the new Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode, customers will be able to experience Windows 10 Enterprise with all the benefits of Windows 10 S – streamlined for security and low total cost of ownership.
New Windows 10 capabilities for Firstline Workers and beyond
With Microsoft 365, organizations benefit from self-service deployment, simplified management, proactive insights, and always up to date platform resulting in a low total cost of ownership for businesses.
For example, with innovations such as Windows AutoPilot, IT admins can customize the Windows 10 devices out of box setup experience with the cloud and empower employees to enroll their new device, complete with the company configuration and apps ready to go. Great for Firstline scenarios, Windows Autopilot removes the need for IT to touch the device or manage updates in person.
Today, we shared that OEM partners Lenovo, HP, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu will join Surface in supporting Windows AutoPilot beginning in January 2018 by providing device IDs to companies on select orders.
Another important scenario for many businesses is the ability to customize and lock down devices to specific tasks or experiences for Firstline Workers and kiosks. In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, organizations can quickly setup and maintain locked down single purpose devices with improved tools in Windows Assigned Access. In future updates, we are also building additional lockdown, customization, and anti-theft capabilities.
No matter whether you are a Firstline worker, Information worker or IT admin, with Microsoft 365, you have everything at your fingertips to enable you to achieve more. We look forward to sharing more details at Ignite!
– Bernardo