New Endpoint Analytics page for Microsoft Productivity Score
In case you missed it, last November Microsoft Productivity Score was released to give organisations insight into both people and technology experiences. Productivity Score includes data from Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Yammer, and Skype, and also from Endpoint Analytics. The later using telemetry from Configuration Manager or Intune to identify applications and hardware issue, including options for proactive remediation scripts.
Previously Endpoint Analytics insights were not available to roles with Productivity Score access, now that has been rectified (pictured).
Known Issue Rollback: a new capability to rollback Windows updates issue
Known Issue Rollback provides a method to rollback non-security Windows update issues that have been identified by Microsoft. KIR has been around for some time for user-mode processes, however now with Windows 10 version 2004 or later KIR provides support for all non-security Windows including Windows kernal-mode.
So what does this mean? Well, if Microsoft identifies a non-security Windows update issue it will be automatically resolved for computers using Windows Update or Windows Update for Business. For computers updating using alternative methods, Microsoft will publish a Group Policy to resolve the issue; an example is posted within the “Known Issues” section of KB4550945. Thus, future non-security Windows update issues should have graceful known issue rollback options, so long as you have Windows version 2004 or later.
Microsoft 365 App admin capabilities continue to improve
Various capabilities that organisations using Microsoft 365 apps will want to know about:
- Preview of Microsoft 365 Apps Inventory providing information on Apps versions including most installed add-ins and security update status by device.
- Microsoft 365 Apps Servicing Profile options to pause/resume deployments and to skip specific periods such as holidays. Currently in preview and only for Monthly Enterprise Channel.
- Microsoft 365 Apps Servicing Profiles can control rollback to a previous version and also skip an upcoming update (see picture).
Windows Update for Business receives new controls and capability for driver and firmware updates!
For organisations using or considering using Windows Update for Business there are significant new capabilities for delivering Windows updates:
- approve and schedule update content
- stage deployments over a period of time
- automatically avoid updates to devices likely to get issues based on Microsoft Machine Learning
- manage driver and firmware updates just like feature updates and quality updates (this is a huge announcement as to date, most admins had to use a deployment tool such as SCCM to manage driver and firmware updates, or just ignore updates all together).
- integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
The Windows Update for Business deployment service will release in preview in first half of 2021 for Azure AD joined and Hybrid Azure AD joined devices covered by a Microsoft 365 or Windows 10 E3 user license.
Universal Print now generally available
Universal Print, the cloud-based print server service is now Generally Available after about a year in Private Preview. The service fill a nice gap for organisations wanting to retire on-prem servers that didn’t have print server solution. Included in the announcement is a teaser for the future capability to print from mobile devices.