The new Surface Firmware released on last Tuesday is now available as a download package. The download includes firmware and drivers and a prepacked MSI file for your Enterprise deployment.
Microsoft has published a System Firmware Update for the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 2 today. The new update includes:
- Surface Pro 3 UEFI update (v3.11.850.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
- HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphics performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
- Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
A few months ago Microsoft published an app to configure the Surface Pen. The app formally known as Surface Hub but renamed to Surface App helps to set the action when pressing the button on the pen, but can also configure the sensitivity and disable/enable the Windows hardware button. A very handy app which was only available in the Microsoft Store so far. No issue for everyone who owns a Microsoft account and can install apps from the Store, but what about Enterprise users who get their software installed via SCCM or other deployment solutions? Microsoft fixed this and published the app on the website as a standard download. You can download the .appx and other files and integrate them into your standard deployment process. There is also a TechNet article which describes how to install it.
Back in March Microsoft has published a new UEFI version (3.11.760.0) for the Surface Pro 3 device. The latest update to the firmware and drivers includes some great remote management features to control the devices hardware. i.e. you can control if a user has access to the camera, Bluetooth stack, microSD reader and more. To configure this on a per devices basis would be challenging so they implemented a remote management feature as well. Just yesterday Microsoft published the tools to manage the UEFI. These are based on PowerShell.
If you want to learn more about the tools please check this TechNet article.
Surface Pro 3 UEFI Firmware v3.11.760.0:
Tool: UEFI configuration settings to be managed remotely
• http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/D/5/9D5FE91C-A294-45AF-98D3-016C36213962/Surface Firmware Tool.msi
Yesterday at MWC Microsoft has announced the Universal Foldable Keyboard. My first though was: “Wow that keyboard looks like a small foldable Surface Type Cover”. The new keyboard is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth so their might be a chance to connect the new device to a Windows tablet too. The video and the photos show a MicroUSB port which should be used for charging. Battery lifetime and pricing was not announced yet.
Today at 8:30am CET Microsoft started their press conference from the Mobile World Congress 2015 at Barcelona. Stephen Elop and his Team presented two new Lumia devices, the 640 and the 640 XL. Two new affordable devices with interesting specs. Both devices are upgradable to Windows 10. And this was the most important part of the day for me. During the presentation they showed the new Windows 10 build on a Lumia 930 including the new Office apps for Windows 10. Outlook Touch looks the same, on the tablet and the phone. This is a great experience and I’m really looking forward to work with it.
Another cool fact today was the presentation of Surface Hub. Actually this was the first time Microsoft showed the new device in Europe.
Check the Lumia conversations @ Microsoft.com for more Details: http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/category/news/
Microsoft has released a new Version of Siena, a very handy tool to easily create LOB apps for Windows 8.x. I’ve played loads with Siena in the last few month and the most important Feature I was missing was accessing Sharepoint Online. With the new release this will work. But there are more great features coming.
- Office 365 calendars, emails, contacts and files with Azure Active Directory integration
- Read/write capability for SharePoint Online lists
- Support for portrait and landscape aspect ratios
- Grouping and multi-selection of visual elements
- Support for Line Charts as a new visual element
Siena Websites: microsoft.com/en-us/projectsiena/LookingAhead.aspx
Well, I’m not back at VMware … but I’ve had a customer situation this week where I got in touch with Airwatch MDM. My customer would like to use Windows Phones with Airwatch but had some questions regarding the configuration. It wasn’t really a phone question but more related to a option configurable in the Airwatch Console. There were two fields without description, one for EAP in the VPN configuration and another in the WLAN configuration when using WPA encryption.
To be honest I didn’t even know what they are talking about but again the old wisdom is right …… RTFM.
The Microsoft MDM protocol documentation for Windows Phone 8.1 gives you all you need. There are great examples in the documentation you can use.
But usually I’m not a person to read a manual too…
Microsoft MDM Protocol documentation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn499787.aspx
Microsoft is updating the Intune Company Portal as part of the Microsoft Intune service upgrade. A big improvement in the new release is the fact that you don’t need a Symantec certificate to enable the Enrollment of Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the Intune standalone version anymore. Please check the TechNet blog mentiond below to get more detailed information. The technical documentation will be available on 21th November at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=519191&WT.mc_id=Blog_Intune_General_PCIT
Great News from the Intune Team at Microsoft. They’ve published a new blog post today saying that an upgraded version with new capabilities is coming this week. To get a full overview of the news please visit the TechNet blog but here’s a Feature view in a nutshell.
- Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
- Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
- Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
- Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
- Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
- Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
- Enforcement of application install or uninstall
- Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
- Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
- More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
- Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
- Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions