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Windows 10 Creators Update Review: Microsoft Promised More, But Disappoints IT Pros

By Grace Anilado , Apr 18, 2017 05:00 AM EDT
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Microsoft's latest operating system had been under fire due to its intrusive privacy settings. The Redmond-based company sought to address those concerns with their Windows 10 Creators Update. Though it has more transparency with regard to user data collection, IT professionals are left disappointed with its underwhelming security features.

IT pros expected the Windows 10 Creators Update to include more advanced security features. They were looking for something like the Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft did beef up their Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and streamlined the update process. However, they did not include anything like the Application Guard to the most recent update.

Matt Koshl, an IT director working for an Alaskan company, told TechTarget that Windows 10 Creators Update is "very consumer-facing." Had it contain more security tools, Microsoft would have had a substantial advantage. Furthermore, it would have offered more protection for devices against malware and other malicious attacks.

In addition to the lack of bolstered security features, IT professionals also find fault with Windows 10 Creators Update due to the fact that it has become less configurable. Digital Trends points out that the Settings app is now easily navigable for ordinary users. But for technical users like IT administrators, this poses a problem if they want to keep certain settings inaccessible to other organization members. Nevertheless, they are still able to tweak the Settings app to hide configurations for certain features.

Meanwhile, the Windows 10 Creators Update also introduced a vamped up Windows Defender ATP Security Center dashboard. With it, the IT department can take a closer look at user profiles and their computers. It can do a sweep for malware and viruses and can also put in place alerts for any unusual activity. Unfortunately, ATP is a paid subscription service and most businesses would rather remain with their existing third-party anti-virus subscriptions.

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