In a sudden and surprising move, Dell announced today it will support Windows AutoPilot from now in the United Sates, Canada, France, Germany and the United kingdom. Michael Niehaus, Microsoft’s Principal Program Manager, Windows & Devices Group, modern deployment team (LinkedIn, Twitter) just tweeted this:
UPDATE 4/23/18] Dell is now shipping systems with Windows AutoPilot for customers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with other countries to follow soon. https://t.co/tUi8cG7abH
— Michael Niehaus (@mniehaus) April 23, 2018
This is somewhat startling because everyone in the industry expecting HP to be the next to follow Lenovo’s suit. However surprising it may be, it’s also welcome. Indeed, it’s a very positive sign that further confirms the understanding that Windows AutoPilot is here to stay as the future (and increasingly present) deployment method of choice.
From Dell’s official blog:
You may have heard last month that Microsoft announced its AutoPilot feature as part of Microsoft 365 to provide streamlined deployment and management for Windows 10 PCs powered by Microsoft 365. We are happy to announce that we will also be participating in this program with Dell Windows 10 commercial devices starting in early to mid-2018. With Windows AutoPilot, IT can customize the Windows out-of-box set-up through the cloud and provide self-service deployment experience for the end user. Many of our customers have told us that they want this solution and we firmly believe in offering customers the choice in how they want to deploy and manage their PCs.
Lenovo was first to start AutoPilot trials as I related in an earlier post. Everyone expected HP to start trials in a month or two, as the next in line. But now, with this sudden, surprise move Dell gains an advantage. Because Windows AutoPilot is the development method of the future, this decision could cause some enterprises to rethink their purchase policies. Why wait for other manufacturers to finish their trials, when Dell can already deliver?
It should be quite interesting indeed to wait and see what else happens in the world of Windows AutoPilot over the coming months. Stay tuned! Win10.Guru and I will keep you posted.
Author: Kari Finn
A Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.