Windows 10 is here, and if you’re looking to get up to speed, James Conrad’s new “Microsoft Windows 10 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices” course is for you! This info-packed, 99-video course focuses on Windows 10’s cloud integration capabilities. Topics James covers include Office 365, Intune, Azure, Windows Hello, remote desktop, and much more. If you are an administrator, you don’t want to miss out on this training.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring? This course strongly emphasizes several of the most significant products that Microsoft offers: cloud products such as Office365, Azure, and Intune. Cloud products offer substantial cost savings and ease of management that will be critical to IT departments. Windows 10 is likely to be the biggest, most successful, and most widely distributed desktop operating system in the history of Microsoft. IT pros must be highly trained and adept at using Windows 10 to support their companies and their own futures as IT professionals.
Q: From a learner-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
I tried to assume that anyone watching the course would have little to no experience with most of the topics, especially cloud services. That way, if you are already familiar with some of the content, it’s a good refresher. But if you are not at all familiar with a topic, then you will feel much more comfortable with the learning curve. I also tried to make sure that the course was as practical as possible, and that any demonstrations I performed would be repeatable for the viewer.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for learners to get the most out of your course?
I strongly suggest that learners install virtualization software such as Hyper-V, VMWare Workstation, or VirtualBox — and then practice on evaluation copies of Windows 10 and Windows Server. Also, learners should sign up for trials of Office365, Intune, and Azure and practice with these cloud services.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
Authentication has been around for a long time, Microsoft has come up with some truly ingenious ways to make authentication both more secure and also easier for the user.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
Video 72: Windows Hello — which is part of the new authentication technology Microsoft has implemented.
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?
An appreciation for the fact that the future of IT is in the cloud.