Dell is the first third-party OEM to start shipping PCs with Windows AutoPilot

Dell announced yesterday that it has begun shipping PCs with Windows AutoPilot to customers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. This makes it the first third-party OEM to do so, with Microsoft being the first OEM on its Surface devices.

Windows AutoPilot, which was announced last June, will allow for devices to be set up with IT administrators ever touching the PC. The device ID is uploaded to the OEM along with configuration options like an Azure AD account, and it's set up automatically.

Microsoft had announced at its Ignite 2017 conference back in September that HP and Lenovo would be the first to use AutoPilot, with support for the feature coming in January. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and Lenovo announced earlier this week that it has begun testing it with early adopters, and it will be broadly available in the coming months. HP, on the other hand, said that it's tested rollout with a major customer, and it will be broadly available this fall.

Dell says that customers interested in Windows AutoPilot should contact their sales representative for details, and you can find out more about AutoPilot here.

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