Use Desktop Analytics and machine learning to get current and stay current

Based on our work with consumers and organizations of all sizes, on more than 800 million Windows devices, we have learned that it is easier to deploy Windows 10 when using powerful cloud intelligence and machine learning. Since the upgrade version of Windows 10 April 2018, we have taken advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) at scale to improve the quality and reliability of our version releases. And along the way, we've learned the best ways to help ensure that the devices have a positive update experience.

Today, we are making available to the organizations these same learnings through the public preview of Desktop Analytics which is already available. Desktop Analytics provides the information and automation you need to update efficiently and stay up to date. Desktop Analytics is a service connected to the cloud that integrates with System Center Configuration Manager and will be integrated with Microsoft Intune in the near future. With Desktop Analytics, it's easier to implement with confidence and keep your PCs up to date with the latest Windows 10 capabilities your employees need.

"With Desktop Analytics, we can automate our pilot plans to ensure that all applications and hardware scenarios can be tested and validated before upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10."
: Jason Myers, end user, senior leader, Mars

This service provides intelligence that helps you make more informed decisions about the update availability of your Windows clients. In combination with Configuration Manager, Desktop Analytics is designed to create an inventory of the Windows applications running in your organization and then evaluate the compatibility of applications with the latest Windows 10 feature updates. By combining data from your own organization with aggregate data from millions of devices. Connected to our services in the cloud, you can stop making conjectures the tests of these applications and, instead, focus your attention on key blockers. Historically, getting a view of the compatibility of your applications with new versions of Windows was a long and tedious process of testing in humans, but now this can be automated through the intelligence of what we learn at the cloud scale.

Desktop Analytics brings its recommendations based on data that allow you to run successful pilots quickly and easily representing your entire application and driver status. Then, you can use the status signals from your pilot programs to evaluate the preparation of your assets and implement an optimized production deployment plan with Configuration Manager.

As Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365, explained last September, Desktop Analytics is the evolution of Windows Analytics, adding deeper integration with Configuration Manager and providing a ring-based approach to implementation using state signals.

For more information and to start with the public preview, read our Desktop Analytics article. For additional resources, check out the new Desktop Analytics community and read more details about the Technology Community.

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