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Updates for Windows 10 Pro can help businesses work even smarter | Windows Experience Blog

Along with Tuesday’s release of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, small and medium-sized businesses can find updates for Windows 10 Pro, which includes ways for IT pros and business owners to better manage their organization’s devices.
As support ends for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, there has never been a better time to get acquainted with Windows 10 and modern devices.
With comprehensive security, business-class tools, flexible management and the freedom to choose your own hardware, Windows 10 Pro is a solid foundation for the modern workplace. It helps that Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever. Windows 10 Pro includes built-in protections for your data, equipment and people, securing business information and personal identities even on lost or stolen devices.
Business essentials like firewall, secure boot and file-level information-loss protection come standard on every device [1].
With the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, hard encryption is now easy with a key-rolling feature that securely rotates recovery passwords on Mobile Device Management (MDM)-managed devices. Whenever Microsoft Intune/MDM tools or a recovery password is used to unlock a BitLocker-protected drive, it activates this feature. As a result, the recovery password will be better protected when users manually unlock a BitLocker drive.
Windows 10 Pro provides compatibility with more business systems, seamlessly works with the most trusted productivity and collaboration suites, and dramatically improves performance.With the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, Windows 10 Pro gets several updates that boost users’ productivity: Calendar, Cloud Clipboard, Search your PC and OneDrive.
Calendar is designed to help users save time and work more efficiently. For example, they can check schedules and create events directly from the taskbar without opening the Calendar app. Just click on the date and time to activate the Calendar flyout, where they’ll see their agenda and can begin typing in the text box for whatever day they choose.
Cloud Clipboard delivers the ability to copy multiple items to paste later. Copied text is synced across devices, so users can copy on one device and paste it on another. With this update, employees can sign-in with either Azure Active Directory or Microsoft Accounts, so it can improve both business and personal productivity. Get to all clippings, which are kept in chronological order, with a simple keystroke combination [Windows + V]. For content that’s going to be pasted often, such as contact information or a project description that must be sent to multiple parties: pin it.
Another highlight of the Windows 10 Pro update: having one place from which to find everything online, in OneDrive and on your PC. Use search in Windows – found on the taskbar – to locate apps, documents, email messages, company resources, or even people. With files as likely to be stored in the cloud as they are on PCs and local file servers, Windows 10 powers File Explorer updates to help integrate users’ online OneDrive content with indexed results from their locally stored files, giving search results for content and files that live on both PCs and OneDrive.
Take advantage of keyboard-free interactions, which increase accessibility and help streamline work flow [2]. With voice control, you can operate your entire PC with spoken commands, eliminating the need for manual inputs. For those who like writing and drawing manually, a broad array of pens and styli enable expression across a multitude of apps. Fingers (and gestures, through them) as well as digital pens control touchscreens on modern devices, expanding the possibilities without additional hardware.
For IT pros, Windows 10 Pro simplifies identity, device and application management. With flexible management capabilities, such as Windows Autopilot, you can control your IT infrastructure intuitively, without hassles.
Windows 10 Pro comes pre-installed on a large selection of business devices, from the world’s leading manufacturers. If you’re in business, you know that one size doesn’t fit all. From premium 2-in-1s to powerful workstations, the Windows 10 Pro device ecosystem has what you need.
You can head over to this curated collection of business devices to check them out, but here are some examples:

Acer Swift 1 Pro

Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1

HP Elitebook X360 1040

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th Gen

Learn more about Windows 10 Pro.
[1] Windows Information Protection requires either Mobile Device Management or System Center Configuration Manager to manage settings. These products are sold separately. Active Directory makes management easier but is not required.
[2] Check with device specifications, as some features are hardware-dependent.

Join the Microsoft Edge team next week at Ignite 2019 – Microsoft Edge Blog

Next week, we will be travelling to Microsoft Ignite 2019 to share what’s new in Microsoft Edge for enterprises, IT professionals, and web developers. We’re very excited to share more about our journey with Chromium over the past year, what it means to your customers, and to hear your feedback.In this post, we’ve outlined all the breakout sessions and other activities our team will be presenting at Ignite next week, so you can easily track which sessions you want to attend or review later. This year, Ignite is also introducing Roundtable Topics, which are a great opportunity to share your experiences with the product team directly, provide feedback, and help us understand how we can empower you and your organization with Microsoft Edge.
The full list of sessions is provided below. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t miss out—sign in using your attendee or tech community account to build your Ignite schedule today!

Monday, November 4th
2:00 – 2:45 PM ET: BRK012 – The Web: Where the rubber hits the road on security and manageability, and productivity
Join VP of Product for Microsoft Edge, Chuck Friedman, Group Product leader for Microsoft Edge Enterprise, Sean Lyndersay, and VP of Bing, Jordi Ribas to discuss how Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search in Bing is the best browser and search for business. We can help you with a systematic approach to identity and security, high-performing intranet and internet searches, and how to think about web and app compatibility on the internet.
3:15 – 4:00 PM ET: BRK1019 – State of the browser: Microsoft Edge
Come learn about the history of Microsoft Edge and the decision to move to Chromium as well as the roadmap for enterprises and show you the 4 pillars of what the team focuses on: Rock solid fundamentals, Safety and Security, Flexible and efficient manageability and deployment, and end-user productivity.
Tuesday, November 5th
11:05 – 11:20 AM ET: MLS1020 – Microsoft Edge and Chromium: What’s new for web developers
In this Microsoft Ignite Live session, Burke Holland will interview Kyle Pflug, PM for Microsoft Edge Developer Experiences, about what the new Chromium foundation means for your web sites and web apps, and how the Microsoft Edge team is working with web standards and the Chromium community to build a better web for everyone.
1:50 – 2:10 PM ET: THR2279 – Mechanics Live: Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Search: Complete tour for IT admins and users
Join Chuck Friedman and Jeremy Chapman to get a comprehensive understanding of the enterprise-focused capabilities in the new Microsoft Edge browser. This is a 20-minute Theater session filmed in the Mechanics Live studio in the hub and you are a part of the experience.
3:05 – 3:25 PM ET: THR108 – Top 10 reasons why you’ll choose the next version of Microsoft Edge
We’re on a mission to create the best browser for the enterprise. We believe the next version of Microsoft Edge is that browser and in this session, we will share the top 10 reasons why.
Roundtable Topics
Wednesday, November 6th
 10:15 – 11:00 AM: BRK2230 – One browser for modern and legacy web apps: deploying Microsoft Edge and IE mode
We have worked with numerous companies – ranging from 1,000’s to 100,000’s of seats – to move from multiple browser environments to a single browser environment. We’ll share lessons learned and best practices for piloting and deploying the next version of Microsoft Edge by leveraging our investments in Internet Explorer mode, Configuration Manager, and Intune.
1:50 – 2:10 PM ET: THR1075 – Enterprise ready PDF solution in Microsoft Edge
Customers have communicated they want a PDF solution in the browser, so they don’t have to manage additional 3rd party software. The Microsoft Edge’s PDF solution will help you understand the investments we’re making so we can accomplish that specific feedback.
Roundtable Topics
Thursday, November 7th
12:45 – 1:30 PM ET: BRK3099 – Moving the web forward: Microsoft Edge for web developers
The next version of Microsoft Edge is built on a new foundation, powered by Chromium. This foundation will empower you with a consistent set of developer tools and enable you to deliver powerful standards-based and hybrid application experiences using web technologies. In this session, we’ll share how our upcoming release simplifies cross-browser testing and enables the latest capabilities for your sites and line of business (LOB) apps, plus our ongoing contributions to Chromium that improve the browser experience for everyone. Finally, we’ll reveal what’s next for web developers in the new Microsoft Edge.
3:40 – 4:00 PM ET: THR106 – Microsoft Edge on macOS
Microsoft Edge will be our first browser for macOS in 13 years. In this session, we share how Microsoft Edge feels at home on macOS, how you can be more productive and secure using it, and what you need to know about managing Microsoft Edge on macOS.
Roundtable Topics
Friday, November 8th
10:15 – 11:00 AM ET: BRK3253 – Protected, productive mobile browsing with Microsoft Edge and Intune
Microsoft Edge isn’t just a desktop browser. The mobile platform has been going strong for close to 2 years. This session will show you the investments we’re making to allow for a full range of experiences starting with management capabilities with Intune, customizing the end user experience, and how to migrate from the Microsoft Intune managed browser to Microsoft Edge.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET: BRK2231 – Keep users productive and data secure in a cloud-first world: secure browsing with Microsoft Edge
Wrap up your Friday with a deep dive on all things security regarding Microsoft Edge. Features such as Application Guard, Conditional Access, and Microsoft Information Protection will be discussed along with other security measures to show you how Microsoft Edge is the most secure browser in the enterprise.
See you there! Don’t forget to sign in using your attendee or tech community account to build your Ignite schedule today!
– Colleen Williams, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge