Unlike the regular product and feature updates we receive from Microsoft, people get nervous when changing operating systems. This has now all changed with the launch of Windows as a Service (Windows 10 Enterprise), previously only available to large enterprises. Although there are a whole host of additional features and benefits compared to Windows 10 Pro, there are two main differences: the building and deployment, and the payment model.
Building and deployment
Firstly, there will no longer be one big update every 3 to 5 years, there will now be two smaller updates each year. The main benefit of this, is that it is easier for staff to get to grips with the changes as the deployment is spread out. This, in turn, significantly reduces the interruption of usability that businesses have experienced previously.
As well as these two main updates, there will also be smaller ‘quality’ updates to deploy security patches etc.. These will be deployed accumulatively meaning that organisations get a full range of updates each month, rather than selectively patching and updating any issues.
In contrast to Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise is subscription based on a per-user subscription rather than a per-device subscription; meaning you can deploy Windows 10 Enterprise on up to 5 devices per user.
This subscription based model means that licenses can be quickly and easily reallocated to other users and/or devices. Further to this, you can seamlessly upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise without rebooting your device. After entering your Azure AD credentials, the operating system turns from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise and all the appropriate features are unlocked. Similarly, when a subscription license expires or is transferred to another user, the Windows 10 Enterprise device seamlessly steps back down to Windows 10 Pro.
Windows 10 Enterprise has the following additional features:
- Credential Guard - Get additional protection for users authenticated on your network against malware running in the operating system. This helps prevent Pass the Hash attacks – one of the key tactics used in security breaches.
- Device Guard - Get extra protection to keep your devices safe from malware, untrusted apps, and executables.
- AppLocker Management - Help prevent the execution of unwanted and unknown applications within your network by locking down which apps and sites you do and don’t want to run on devices.
- App-V - Simplify application management. Because applications are not installed directly on end user devices, there are no conflicts or compatibility issues to worry about. Your apps stay current and protected with the latest security updates and functionality.
- Managed User Experience - Optimise security by customising and locking down the user experience on specific devices so they can only perform certain functions.
- Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection – Detect attacks on your OS and zero-day exploits using preventative protection.
The most secure version of Windows
Secure your data, devices, user identities, and your business with the same protection used by some of the world’s largest organisations.
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Your IT, managed by experts, so you can focus on running your business.
Flexible subscription pricing
Per-user, per-month pricing and a pay-as-you go subscription model give you the flexibility to scale as your business needs change.
How can I buy it?
Windows as a Service is available in two different packages: E3 and E5. E5 has the additional feature of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It also comes as standard within the Microsoft 365 plans.