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Microsoft Extends Windows Autopilot’s Zero-touch Experience With Several New Capabilities

Windows Autopilot management tool was unveiled in June 2017 with a goal to simplify the deployment of new Windows 10 devices without requiring of loading custom images—today, Microsoft announced that it’s expanding further those provisioning features with new capabilities that will help IT professionals to deliver new off-the-shelf Windows 10 devices with just few simple clicks to their users.

Windows Autopilot is designed to eliminate cost and complexity associated with creating, maintaining, and loading custom images. It transforms devices into a fully business-ready state, dramatically reducing the time it takes for your users to get up and running with new devices.

“We are extending that zero-touch experience even further with several new capabilities available in preview with the Windows Insider Program today,” stated Brad Anderson.

The new functionalities in preview are rolled out today to the Windows Insider Program comes added with a new capability called “Self-Deploying mode,” which is designed to extend zero-touch experience from IT to the user deploying the device scenario.

With this, all it requires is just a press to the “Power on” button to deploy a Windows 10 device into a fully business-ready state i.e. “managed, secured, and ready for usage” without needing any user interaction. The device can be configured to self-deploy into a locked down kiosk, a digital signage, or a shared productivity device.

This eliminates users requiring to select basic settings, like Region, Language, and Keyboard, and also needed to enter their credentials, in the Windows 10 out-of-the-box experience, said Anderson.

Another new a “reset” feature allows an Intune-managed Windows 10 device to be completely reset and redeployed into a full business-ready mode for a new user with just a click of a button, without having physical access.

The above two new capabilities can be test by Windows Insiders with latest Windows 10 build 17686 which was released to the Fast ring just yesterday and Microsoft Intune.

To learn more about how this works and other several updates to Windows Autopilot, check out this video:

Additionally, Microsoft also added following new capabilities to Windows Autopilot in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update version 1803, are also available today, including:

“Enrolment Status,” this new functionality available today to Microsoft Intune and Windows 10 version 1803, enables IT admins to be “assured the device is configured into a fully business-ready state prior to users getting to the desktop.” “We received tons of feedback from Windows Autopilot customers who want the ability to hold the device in the out-of-box setup experience until the configured policies and apps have been provisioned to the device,” wrote Anderson.

Further Anderson said, “We enabled Windows 10 OEMs and hardware vendors to integrate Windows Autopilot into their supply chain and fulfilment systems so that devices are registered in Windows Autopilot to your organization the moment your purchase is fulfilled.” Now, through the “Device vendor supply chain integration” the registration of Windows Autopilot devices is made completely hands-free and zero-touch for users as well as to device vendor/OEM.

Lastly, Microsoft also integrated Azure Active Directory (AD) dynamic groups with Windows Autopilot and Microsoft Intune, for a zero-touch experience for Windows Autopilot profile assignments on all Windows Autopilot devices.

For more details on how to use Windows Autopilot and Co-Management together, watch this quick video:

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