Welcoming Windows to the World of Mobile
With the release of Windows 10 Microsoft have introduced a massive change to the way Windows Tablet / Laptop / PC devices can be managed going forward.
In the past it has been common to use a combination of Active Directory Group Policy to control and lock down the devices and Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) for software deployment. This has changed very little since the early days of Windows NT and has continued through Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
With Windows 10 it is still possible to follow this path, but there are an increasing number of challenges that it brings:
- Time to Market: It has not been uncommon for it to take years for a roll-out of a new version of Windows to be completed. There are still plenty of companies that have not finished rolling out Windows 7 or who are even running on Windows XP!
- Internet vs Internal Networks: The whole system was built for the closed world of devices sitting on Corporate Networks locked away from the Internet. This is because it effectively pre-dates the Internet! This is why everyone usually has to come back to base for their machine to be upgraded or replaced.
- Dragging a Long Tail: Over the past 20 years companies have built up a set of polices, configurations and applications that result in endless cycles of compatibility issues and testing as you try to make the new version of Windows work exactly the same as the old one.
Fortunately Microsoft have now introduced a new way of managing Windows 10. That ‘new’ way is EMM….which is something we at Mobliciti have been experts in for years through the deployment of MobileIron EMM.
Crucially it allows Windows Devices to be managed in the same way as mobile devices and using the same MobileIron infrastructure for both!
Here at Mobliciti we believe this is a massive opportunity for companies to break with the past and look to the future, managing all of their devices using a single consistent EMM Platform. To practice what we preach, we’ve already deployed Windows 10 throughout our office!