Microsoft announces Windows AutoPilot

Microsoft announces Windows AutoPilot, a new set of features to simplify deployment. A new set of features powered by cloud-based services that will 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.

Windows AutoPilot Deployment is a new cloud service that will allow IT to customize the Windows 10 out of box setup experience using a cloud configuration, delivering a self-service deployment experience with new Windows 10 devices.Windows AutoPilot Deployment also works with existing Azure Active Directory and Intune mobile device management (MDM) services. End users just need to sign-in using their corporate credentials on their new PC, Windows AutoPilot Deployment will fully configure the PC: joined to Azure Active Directory, enrolled in Intune, transformed to Windows 10 Enterprise, settings applied, Office 365 apps and line-of-business apps installed. Microsoft is also planning to introduce Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program that will allow OEMs, distributors, and resellers to link devices to an organization.Microsoft is also planning to add the below new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year:

  • 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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