Microsoft yesterday announced its Desktop Analytics solution has reached general availability. With this service, customers receive an efficient way to organize dashboards of managed Windows “endpoints, applications and drivers.”

Desktop Analytics has been in preview since it was launched in September 2018. Users can leverage the suite to iron out compatibility when upgrading Windows 10 and Office 365. For example, organizations can use the tool to sort applications ahead of an upgrade.

Desktop Analytics is a suite that helps smooth out compatibility when upgrading Windows 10 and Office 365. In its announcement, Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Office and Windows marketing said the tool can be used by companies for sorting apps before upgrades. Desktop Analytics looks for compatibility issues before moving forwards with an update.

Customers can “create an inventory of apps running in the organization, assess app compatibility with the latest feature updates of Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, and create pilot groups.”

Yes, Desktop Analytics has similar beats to Windows Analytics and Microsoft says it is an extension of the service. However, the new tool will also integrate with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), a Microsoft tool for deployment and client management. SCCM works with Desktop Analytics to build pilots for testing apps.

Requirements

While Desktop Analytics is now generally available there are some requirements to jump on board. Firstly, users need to be up to speed on SCCM, with at least version 1902 with Update Rollup 4500571.

Further requirements are

  • Elsewhere, users much has global admin permissions
  • Devices to be used with the service must be licensed with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 plans (or Education variants), or Windows Virtual Desktop Access E3 or E5 plans. Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems are also supported.

Organizations must have the diagnostic data collection at the “Basic” level, which is the minimum. However, Microsoft says the “Enhanced” setting will leverage health and data.