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Microsoft Unveiled Cloud-based Analytics Tools Desktop App Assure & Desktop Analytics

In desktop management, the process, especially creating standard images, deploying devices, testing updates, and providing end-user support can be tedious as well as time-consuming.

Now, with a modern desktop powered by Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft is aiming to make it more productive, secure as well as save IT time and money.

The company Thursday, September 6, announced two new cloud-based analytics tools to make a shift to modern desktop with easier deployment and ensure app compatibility for upgrades and updates of Windows 10 and Office.

Desktop Analytics

Microsoft has expanded its Windows Analytics to Desktop Analytics, a new cloud-based service integrated with ConfigMgr.

The new service will offer insight and intelligence about the update readiness of Windows and Office clients.

It creates an inventory of apps running in an organization, assesses app compatibility with latest feature updates of Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. And, then creates pilot groups that represent entire application and driver estate across a minimal set of devices.

This pilot along with production deployments can be optimized with ConfigMgr by combining organization data with data aggregated from millions of devices connected to Microsoft’s cloud services.

Microsoft 365 also offers tools to help customers shift to a modern desktop, including System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune, Windows Analytics, and Office Readiness Toolkit.

Desktop App Assure

A new Microsoft FastTrack service designed to address app compatibility issues with Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

“We’ve got your back on app compatibility and are committed to removing it entirely as a blocker,” Microsoft stated.

If any app compatibility issue is found after a Windows 10 or Office 365 ProPlus update, Desktop App Assure will help a fix. Filing a ticket through FastTrack will prompt a Microsoft engineer to help resolve the issue.

Microsoft mentioned that Desktop App Assure will be free to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers.

Desktop App Assure preview will be available in North America starting on October 1, 2018, with worldwide availability by February 1, 2019.

More information on Desktop Analytics and Desktop App Assure will be shared at an upcoming Microsoft Ignite conference this month September 24 – September 27th.

For complete Ignite sessions catalog, visit over here.

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