Microsoft will allow IT admins to send Windows 11 desktop or taskbar notifications
Microsoft will allow IT admins to send Windows 11 desktop or taskbar notifications.
If you’re an IT admin and you’ve always wanted to message your Windows users, Microsoft will soon open up a new option.
IT admins will soon be able to send organizational information to Windows 11 PCs, and they can appear on the lock screen, desktop, or above the taskbar.
“With the shift to the hybrid workplace, we can see that organizations need to better connect with their employees in ways that fit the individual situation,” explained Heena Macwan, principal group product manager for Windows . “In a future release, we will enable IT departments to publish organizational information for specific users, which can appear on Windows surfaces such as the lock screen, desktop, or above the taskbar.”
IT administrators can configure these messages in Microsoft Endpoint Manager and customize how messages appear, who sees them, and how often they appear.
The company’s logo can appear next to the message, and they can also include a web link to the company’s website.
This information is useful for training materials or as a quick pass to alert employees to company-wide things.
Microsoft has used similar messages to lure Windows users to Edge, and the company has never before allowed app developers or third parties to generate these types of messages above the taskbar.
These messages are certainly an improvement over the humble and insecure net send command of the Windows XP days, which allowed IT administrators to send pop-up messages to PCs.
Like any information, it can be criticized by end users or security researchers if it is overused by a business.
In addition to distraction, cybercriminals often mimic Windows dialogs in an attempt to encourage users to click and download malware from web pages.