Microsoft: these two new kits will help you prepare for Windows 11

Still haven’t migrated to Windows 11 in your business? Microsoft has just released an update to Windows 11 and Office 365 Deployment Lab Kit and Windows 11 Onboarding Kit to prepare business users for the Windows 10 upgrade.

Windows 11 has yet to be widely adopted by businesses, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company is seeing “higher monthly usage of Windows 11 apps.” Perhaps to get things going, Microsoft has also released two kits to familiarize users and IT administrators with the post-Windows 10 world.

The Windows 11 and Office 365 Deployment Lab Kit is intended to help administrators plan, test, and validate modern desktops running Windows 11 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Enterprise apps.

Welcome kit

The lab provides a Hyper-V dependent virtual lab environment that aims to reflect a modern enterprise. It includes domain-joined desktop clients, a domain controller, an internal gateway, and a fully configured configuration management instance.

Microsoft has released a comprehensive guide to using the Virtual Lab, covering Windows 11 deployment tools like Autopilot, configuring Windows Service to deploy Windows 11, deploying Microsoft 365 Apps on-premises and in the cloud, managing ‘Edge and security configurations for everything from BitLocker encryption to Microsoft’s Defender for Endpoint, a cross-platform solution.

The main tools the lab covers using include Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Office Customization Tool, OneDrive, and Windows Autopilot, among others. It also covers Windows service that can be used for upgrading to Windows 11. Windows service upgrades rely on Configuration Manager and Windows Update for Business.

Meanwhile, the Windows 11 Welcome Kit is a collection of Office files containing templates and documents that help administrators communicate with users. Content can be customized as needed.

“With the Windows 11 Welcome Kit, our goal is also to provide you with the materials you need to prepare, educate, and support your end users on their Windows 11 journey,” Microsoft explains in a Microsoft Tech Community blog post. . It aims to support the deployment of Windows 11 on all devices of an international company.

Microsoft released “guided simulations” of Windows 11 earlier this month to demonstrate its similarities to Windows 10, while offering new usability and security benefits. It walks users through some of the lessons Microsoft learned when rolling out Windows 11 to 190,000 PCs last year.

PC industry downturn

Microsoft Windows revenue was caught up in the slowdown in the PC industry in general, due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in China. PC shipments were down 15% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Canalys.

During the fourth quarter earnings conference call, Amy Hood, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, said Windows OEM revenue was down $300 million due to the Shanghai lockdowns. Windows OEM revenue was down 2% for the quarter.

However, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put a positive spin on the situation, noting that “we continue to see more PCs shipped than before the pandemic, and we’re taking share.”

Microsoft hasn’t revealed numbers on Windows 11 adoption, but Satya Nadella says it’s seeing “higher monthly usage of Windows 11 apps, with increased time spent on creative work, collaboration, gaming , media and writing code”. Similarly, monthly active usage of Azure Virtual Desktop has increased nearly 60% year over year, according to Satya Nadella.


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