By the time a couple is married 21 years, they’ve had their share of disagreements, unlocked the mysteries of the other, and, happily, come to the realization that they’re better together than not.

 

Such is the double-decade partnership between Intel and Microsoft, which has persevered through tech booms and busts. The “Better Together: Windows 10 and Intel Core vPro Processor-based Devices” webinar glimpsed into the future with the Intel Core vPro processor and Microsoft OS, Windows 10. We saw how they work together to raise the bar in enterprise computing, with much excitement from end users, IT and business decision makers, and OEMs.

 

Windows 10 fully supports the Intel vPro pillars of strength—productivity, security, and manageability—with a familiar Windows 7-based user interface and numerous new dynamic features. For example, for better productivity, Microsoft host expert Stephen Rose explained how a device used as a PC with a keyboard and mouse can switch for optimal tablet use. Windows 10 responds automatically by adjusting window size for touch-based actions and biometrics.


Sixth-gen Intel Core vPro processor-based devices “are the most manageable, most productive, and most secure platform for enterprise,” webinar Intel technology expert Greg Reiff said. Intel Core vPro has enabled the creation of more streamlined form factors that are 50 percent thinner, 50 percent lighter than devices more than four years old, and use much less power.


With the newest features in Windows 10, users and IT departments can build more security around their data and devices. Features such as Intel Virtualization Technology prevent unauthorized software from being loaded, and Intel SSD Pro Series Data Protection guards data off-network. These features on the back end support the mission on the front end to “kill the password,” according to Rose, by “moving away from what you know [passwords] to what you have; things like your face (detected via Intel RealSense and Microsoft Hello), fingerprints, and wearables.”


Webinar attendees were clamoring to know more, asking many questions during the interactive Q&A. Here’s a sample:


Q: Can you add biometric devices to older PCs that run Windows 10?


Steve Forsberg (Intel host expert): You could attach an external RealSense camera if your older hardware does not have an infrared camera integrated.


Q: Are the new Intel Q170 chipset machines shipping now?


Greg Reiff (Intel host expert): Some are shipping but not as enterprise Intel Core vPro platforms [those are scheduled for release soon].


Q: Is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet available through distribution?


Stephen Rose (Microsoft host expert): Yes. We have a wide variety of resellers including Dell, CDW, and others.


Q: Is the process/recommendation of upgrading the UEFI published somewhere?


Greg Reiff: Upgrading a platform’s BIOS to UEFI is OEM-specific. Each OEM should have an upgrade guide on their support site under drivers > firmware > download. If vPro is enabled, we have best practices documents on www.intel.com.


As with all webinars in the Business Devices Webinar Series, participants were entered into a drawing for an Intel-based tablet or a set of SMS Audio BioSport smart earbuds. Congratulations to tablet winner Kent Liu of Williams-Sonoma and to Andy Yu of American Portwell Technologies for scoring the cool earbuds!


Our next webinar is happening December 9, 10 a.m. PST. Be sure to attend, because it’s all about security: what the key risks are, how to manage them, and ways to prepare with the latest solutions from our top technology experts.


If you’ve already registered for the Business Devices Webinar Series, click on the link in the reminder email you’ll receive a day or two before the event. If you need to register, we’d love to have you join our next session by clicking here.


The “Better Together: Windows 10 and Intel Core vPro Processor-based Devices” webinar can be watched anytime on demand if you missed it. For more on how Windows 10 and the latest Intel technology can help businesses overcome their challenges, read this recent white paper.


It’s exciting to see how ongoing collaboration between Intel and Microsoft continues to advance better, more efficient, and more amazing experiences in the world of enterprise computing.