Applixure release notes for 2015-11-25

In this release, we brought to you the following new features, changes and enhancements to existing functionality:

  • Applixure now shows basic security readiness information.

    With this release, Applixure starts to track and show security readiness information for the device. This information is meant for assessing the general readiness for having good security for those devices have, and not necessarily reflects 100% the actual security currently in effect (including aspects not monitored by Applixure).

    The security readiness is divided to three categories: Device, Operating system and User accounts. Items related to these three areas are displayed in each device's details screen (with some items not applicable/shown for certain operating system versions and/or editions).

    You can find more information about each listed item from Helpcenter article "Security Readiness items explained".

  • New security readiness charts for Performance & Issues dashboard.

    Along with the security readiness information displayed for each device, Performance & Issues dashboard screen now shows graphs breaking down the security readiness statuses for the devices in all three categories (Device, OS, User accounts).

    You can find more information about each graphs from Helpcenter article "Security Readiness charts explained".

  • Operating system install age is now shown.

    Device's details screen will now show operating system's install age for that device. This age information can help estimate how well the device is still serving its purpose over the lifetime of the device.

    Note that for operating systems upgraded over existing, older, operating system installation will show the age for the original installation as the combined installation age (OS + applications + other data) is still the same apart from refreshed operating system image. Only when the operating system is freshly re-installed over wiped existing installation on the disk is this age reflective of that new installation.

  • New OS install age for Use dashboard.

    Along with the operating system install age information displayed for each device, Use dashboard screen now shows graph breaking down the OS install ages for the environment's devices.

  • Operating system last restart age is now shown.

    Device's details screen will now show when the operating system was last restarted. This makes it easy to check for devices that may not have been rebooted for a long time, indicating that operating system may be missing some security patches released during that time.

  • New OS restart chart for Use dashboard.

    Along with the last OS restart information displayed for each device, Use dashboard screen now shows graph breaking down the time since last OS restart for the environment's devices.

  • New Windows 10 servicing charts for Devices dashboard.

    Devices dashboard will now show Windows 10 specific graphs, if any Windows 10 devices are present in the environment.

    These two graphs allow you to see the servicing status of all the Windows 10 devices: which update branch they are currently using, and what build/version they are currently running. For larger Windows 10 environments, this helps to understand what servicing branches (or "rings") what parts of the organization are using and if there are some devices that should be upgraded but for some reason have not been able to do so.

  • Battery information displays change over time.

    For devices (laptops, tablets and hybrid devices) with battery capacity information available, we now show on device's screen if there has been a reduction in that capacity when compared to the situation six months ago (subject to device being monitored by Applixure back then). This will allow you to find devices that have deteriorating battery condition.

    If the battery condition has not changed significantly over the observation period, or such information is not available from back then, no change information is displayed below battery level.

  • System startup time and user logon time displays change over time.

    As with the battery capacity level, we now show six month delta for device's system startup (boot) time as well as user logon times. This will allow you to find devices that may have started experiencing issues affecting the startup and logon times, but also if there's improvements.

    If startup times or logon times have not changed on device in significant manner, no change information is displayed below battery level.

  • New warnings for negative startup time and user logon time changes.

    To make it easier to locate those devices that are suffering the most from startups taking longer than before, or user logon times getting longer, new warnings have also been added for devices having over 100% change to worse over the observation period.

    To reduce noise, changes in device startup times still under 20 seconds and user logon times still under 10 seconds will not be considered for this warning.

  • Oldest installation time is now shown for software products.

    Software's details screen will now show both what is the oldest installation date for that software (across all versions).

    This helps finding out if there are some very outdated software installations in the environment, possibly even having no use to them. Along with the information about how long the oldest installation of the said software product has been deployed, there are now oldest installation dates shown for each version under that software product as well.

  • New OS install ages chart for Use dashboard.

    Along with the oldest installation dates for each software product, Use dashboard screen now shows graph breaking down the installation ages for the environment's software products.

  • Better scaling for Devices and Software mosaic.

    For environments with a large number of devices and/or software products, the mosaic - or grid - shown on the main dashboard became quite large.
    We have now added additional scaling so that large number of assets will be shown with smaller mosaics, allowing much more to be shown in one screenful.

  • Other stylistic updates and cleanups to the UI.

  • Various fixes for found issues.

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