Microsoft wants enterprise customers to exercise more control over their Windows Diagnostic Data. As a result, the company has announced a public preview of a new option that provides enterprise customers with some new control mechanism over their Windows diagnostic data.
Microsoft Enterprise Data Processor Service
What is Windows Diagnostic Data, you may ask? Well, it is the kind of data that Microsoft collects in order to keep the operating system up-to-date and free of unwanted security trouble. In fact, Windows diagnostic data helps the company ensure the smooth and proper functioning of the operating system.
Microsoft uses Windows diagnostic data to make product improvements and troubleshoot known or existing issues with the operating system. In short, Windows diagnostic data is too valuable and often holds private behavioral information on the customer’s overall usage and interaction with the OS.
Traditionally, enterprise Windows customers have had two options to choose from: Either allow Microsoft to be the control of the Windows diagnostic data or disable diagnostic data flows altogether.
“Now, customers will have a third option that allows them to be the controller for their Windows 10 diagnostic data, while still benefiting from the purposes that this data serves, such as quality of updates and device drivers,” said Marisa Rogers, Privacy Officer, Windows & Devices Group at Microsoft.
“Under this approach, Microsoft will act as a data processor, processing Windows diagnostic data on behalf of the controller,” Rogers added.
Currently available as preview, Microsoft provides enterprise customers with what it describes as ‘familiar tools.’ This way, organizations can effectively manage, export, or delete their Windows diagnostic data.
Organizations can enterprise their own users’ requests to delete and export Windows diagnostic data, courtesy of the Microsoft Azure portal. Choosing this option further enables admins to add or remove Windows devices to the service using group policy or mobile device management (MDM).
Interested customers can enable this option to get the most out of Microsoft 365 core products and services. Microsoft is already accepting applications to enroll in the public preview of the Data Processor Service.