DeviceCraft Digest

Weekly update on Microsoft devices and services

14 March 2021

Granular Conditional Access policies coming in Public Preview

Microsoft is extending Conditional Access capabilities to allow granular policies within an application. For example, to date, Conditional Access rules apply at an application level, so you may have a policy that requires a compliant device before accessing Sharepoint, but what if you wanted MFA in addition if certain documents in Sharepoint were accessed? This is where Conditional Access authentication context kicks in, with Public Preview coming in April. This capability recognises that CA rules are not “one size fits all” for a given application as shown in the below illustration (source: Microsoft). The granular policies can take account of Privileged Identity Management roles and Information Protection labels.

 

Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application is now end of support

Support for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge has now ended and will be removed as part of April 13th Windows 10 Cumulative Update. To get an advance view of the removal experience there will be an optional preview update in the 3rd week of March.

Starting in September, Microsoft Edge will align to 4 week release cadence

Microsoft Edge already has a new version released every 1 or 2 months, however starting from September Microsoft will align with a 4-week cycle recently announced by Google as part of the Chromium project (which powers Edge). There will be an option to opt-in to an 8-week cycle for enterprises.

Microsoft Store for Business and Education on the way out?

Paid apps will not longer be available for purchase in either the Microsoft Store for Business or the Microsoft Store for Education from mid-April. The Microsoft Store for Business/Education provided a private tab in the Windows 10 built-in Microsoft Store app (originally called the Windows Store app) to distribute apps to users. The store is deeply linked to the Universal Windows Platform Apps and does not support traditional apps. This latest news is seen by some as part of a roadmap to dismantling the Microsoft Store.