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400 Million Monthly Active Devices now Running Windows 10

To aid their digital transformation, starting on October 1 businesses can get the Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE), with Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), with the flexibility to deploy either on-premise or in the cloud.

Microsoft at Ignite revealing said that more than 400 million monthly active devices now running Windows 10. And,”‘enterprises are moving faster than ever to the most secure Windows.”

Also, according to their stats, they now have “70 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365,” and “Azure Active Directory in EMS protecting 1 billion logins each day.”

Additionally, WDATP is protecting hundreds of customers across more than 800,000 endpoints.

The team notes, “Windows Defender Application Guard” for SPE customers makes Microsoft Edge the most secure browser in the enterprise. In additon, they also expanded “Advanced Threat Protection” technology across Windows 10 Enterprise and Office 365 for complete protection across endpoints and in the cloud.

With Application Guard, Edge becomes the browser standard for enterprise and Windows 10 is the first operating system to ship this alongside a browser. It will become available to Windows Insiders in the coming months and roll out more broadly next year.

Windows Defender Application Guard uses virtualization-based security technology to protect against advanced attacks coming from the Internet, helping to protect the enterprise’s devices, employees, data and even their corporate networks.

Unlike other browsers, Edge’s use of Application Guard isolates the browser and employee activity using a hardware-based container to prevent malicious code from impacting the device and moving across the enterprise network.

Once enabled, enterprise administrators can configure a trusted network site list policy and distribute the group policy to any devices it wishes to protect with Application Guard.

Once the employee exits their Microsoft Edge browsing session, any malware is erased, preventing further attacks.

Also, threat intelligence sharing between Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) and Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection is announced. “This real-time access and product integration converts the time to investigate an incident from days or weeks to mere hours,” writes microsoft.

By combining WDATP and Office ATP, Microsoft Security Graph, “which analyzes over 300 billion authentications processed per month,” “200 billion emails for malware and phishing,” and “one billion Windows device updates” gets even more robust, stated microsoft.

Those who are not aware, “WDATP, is a cloud-based service to help enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. WDATP is powered by a combination of Windows behavioral sensors, cloud based security analytics, threat intelligence, and by tapping into the Microsoft Security Graph.”

New deployment tools for Windows 10 releasing today called “Windows Upgrade Analytics”, a free service that helps IT easily analyze their environment and upgrade to Windows 10.

Additional features released at Ignite include “Site Discovery”, which lists an inventory of web sites used on an organization’s network that are running Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 to help prioritize web application testing prior to upgrading.

The Ready for Windows web site lists software solutions that are supported on Windows 10 and by using Upgrade Analytics, “IT can see adoption and vendor support status for applications in use across their enterprise,” microsoft said.

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