What’s new in Windows 10, version 1803

Windows Autopilot

Windows Autopilot provides a modern device lifecycle management service powered by the cloud that delivers a zero touch experience for deploying Windows 10.

Using Intune, Autopilot now enables locking the device during provisioning during the Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) until policies and settings for the device get provisioned, thereby ensuring that by the time the user gets to the desktop, the device is secured and configured correctly.

Windows Autopilot is now available with Surface, Lenovo, and Dell. Other OEM partners such as HP, Toshiba, Panasonic, and Fujitsu will support Autopilot in coming months. Check back here later for more information.

Windows 10 in S mode

Windows 10 in S mode is now available on both Windows 10 Home and Pro PCs, and commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode – by starting with Windows 10 Pro in S mode and then activating Windows 10 Enterprise on the computer.

Some additional information about Windows 10 in S mode:

  • Microsoft-verified. All of your applications are verified by Microsoft for security and performance.
  • Performance that lasts. Start-ups are quick, and S mode is built to keep them that way.
  • Choice and flexibility. Save your files to your favorite cloud, like OneDrive or DropBox, and access them from any device you choose. Browse the Microsoft Store for thousands of apps.
  • S mode, on a range of modern devices. Enjoy all the great Windows multi-tasking features, like snapping Windows, task view and virtual desktops on a range of S mode enabled devices.

If you want to switch out of S mode, you will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition. Once you switch out of S mode, you cannot switch back.

For more information, see Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise in S mode.

Windows 10 kiosk and Kiosk Browser

With this release you can easily deploy and manage kiosk devices with Microsoft Intune in single and multiple app scenarios. This includes the new Kiosk Browser available from the Microsoft Store. Kiosk Browser is great for delivering a reliable and custom-tailored browsing experience for scenarios such as retail and signage. A summary of new features is below.

  • Using Intune, you can deploy the Kiosk Browser from the Microsoft Store, configure start URL, allowed URLs, and enable/disable navigation buttons.
  • Using Intune, you can deploy and configure shared devices and kiosks using assigned access to create a curated experience with the correct apps and configuration policies
  • Support for multiple screens for digital signage use cases.
  • The ability to ensure all MDM configurations are enforced on the device prior to entering assigned access using the Enrollment Status page.
  • The ability to configure and run Shell Launcher in addition to existing UWP Store apps.
  • A simplified process for creating and configuring an auto-logon kiosk account so that a public kiosk automatically enters a desired state after a reboot, a critical security requirement for public-facing use cases.
  • For multi-user Firstline Worker kiosk devices, instead of specifying every user, it’s now possible to assign different assigned access configurations to Azure AD groups or Active Directory groups.
  • To help with troubleshooting, you can now view error reports generated if an assigned access-configured app has issues.

For more information, see:

Windows 10 Subscription Activation

With this release, Subscription Activation supports Inherited Activation. Inherited Activation allows Windows 10 virtual machines to inherit activation state from their Windows 10 host.

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