Microsoft releases preview of its Desktop Analytics app-compatibility evaluation service


Microsoft has launched a public preview of a brand new service geared toward serving to companies assess their app-compatibility ranges forward of deploying new Home windows 10 function updates. That service, initially unveiled in September 2018 and often known as Desktop Analytics, is an growth of Microsoft’s Home windows Analytics device.

As initially outlined by Microsoft, the Desktop Analytics service was to be built-in with System Middle ConfigMgr in order to create a listing of functions working in a enterprise; assess app-compatibility ranges with Home windows 10 and Workplace 365 ProPlus and supply mitigation recommendations when wanted; and create pilot teams for testing. When it was introduced, Microsoft officers mentioned it will assist customers “take the guess work out of testing and focus your consideration on key blockers.”

Desktop Analytics requires customers to have a subscription to Home windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5; Microsoft 365 F1, E3 or E5; Home windows 10 Schooling A3 or A5; Microsoft 365 A3 or A5; or Home windows VDA E3 or E5. It’s not out there to make use of with Home windows 10 Lengthy Time period Servicing Channel upgrades. It is “designed to finest help the in-place improve situation,” not upgrades involving switches from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures, Microsoft’s documentation says.

In saying the preview as we speak, Microsoft officers did not point out Workplace 365 ProPlus compatibility as being a part of Desktop Analytics. Nor does the Microsoft documentation about Desktop Analytics. I’ve requested if the Workplace 365 ProPlus piece continues to be a part of this service, however no phrase again but. 

Replace (July eight): Change in plans, of us. Workplace 365 ProPlus-related app compatibility is now not a part of the mission assertion. From an organization spokesperson:

“Desktop Analytics is targeted on Home windows. We’ve got been creating Desktop Analytics in shut collaboration with quite a few clients. Prospects utilizing beta variations gave us nice suggestions about how Desktop Analytics has improved their skill to confidently handle Home windows deployments. The suggestions from clients was that they needed Workplace readiness instantly embedded in System Middle Configuration Supervisor (SCCM) and Intune, so we’ll proceed to make our investments there, whereas specializing in Home windows situations in Desktop Analytics.” 

Microsoft can also be providing a program referred to as Desktop App Guarantee that is meant to assist discover and clear up app-compatibility points for customers transferring from Home windows 7 to 10. Desktop App Guarantee — which Microsoft made globally out there in January 2019 — will enable customers who encounter any app compatibility points after a Home windows 10 or Workplace 365 ProPlus Replace to file a ticket by way of Microsoft’s FastTrack program and have a Microsoft engineer work with them till the problems are resolved.