How to Control User Experience via Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices

  • March 20, 2020

Digital transformation has touched the base of every industry, and conventional processes and systems have been rapidly replaced by digital devices. From ATMs to vending machines, mobile POS to ELD, smartphones, tablets, and laptops are deployed across industries- to be used by the workforce as well as the customers.

MDM for Windows 10 user experience
Scalefusion MDM for Windows 10 User Experience

Importance of User Experience

User experience is extremely critical- irrespective of which use case the device is deployed for. Technology companies and designers strive hard to present exemplary user experiences with every product decision. And this works perfectly fine until a Windows MDM takes over the user experience of the device/OS. MDM is imperative for enterprises to ensure that the devices are used for work without hampering corporate data and device security. MDM ensures that the enterprise IT teams have an iron grip on corporate devices. 

But as MDM takes over the devices, it is necessary to retain their user experience to ensure that the end-users, be it the employees or the customers interacting with the device, can make the most of the device’s usability while staying within the MDM radar. 

Learn More: Windows Kiosk Mode: Set up Windows 10 / 11 Single-app Kiosk

The Popularity of Windows 10 Devices and User Experience

Windows 10 devices still enjoy popularity as the most commonly used desktop devices. Windows 10 devices are widely used in an enterprise environment as workstations and major contributors to employee productivity.

But that’s not all, Windows is known for its familiarity and easy-to-use interface, making it also the preferred choice in classrooms. You can also spot Windows 10 devices deployed as customer-facing kiosks- in retail for displaying product inventory, in restaurants for self-ordering, and in POS systems across diverse industries. Furthermore, the durability and cost-effectiveness of Windows 10 devices make them a preferred choice as public kiosk browsers in waiting areas and transport hubs.

And while it is pertinent to manage and configure Windows 10 devices used for business with an MDM solution, it is also important to retain the seamless user experience offered by Windows 10 and create a better user experience with the help of MDM, directed toward specific use-case.

Scalefusion MDM for Windows 10 User Experience

Scalefusion MDM enables the enterprise IT teams to offer a highly customized user experience for Kiosk Mode on Windows 10. Using Scalefusion MDM, IT teams can redefine the startup experience on Windows 10 kiosk devices, ensuring that the security and usability are intact, and so is the user experience.

Let’s discuss how Scalefusion helps in maintaining the user experience on Windows 10 kiosk mode:

Access Control

One of the most elementary actions on any device is when the users access the device. With Scalefusion kiosk mode, IT teams can configure access control on kiosk devices. In the settings for application whitelisting on Windows 10, the IT teams can block or allow apps on the device preventing device misuse and distractions. 

While at that, the IT teams can also configure the primary username that can be used to access the device- when the device is used exclusively by one user or select the auto-create kiosk user account option when the device is accessed by multiple users.

App Display Settings

This is one of the most important aspects of the user experience. Scalefusion MDM ensures that the IT teams can offer a highly bespoke user experience to the customer-facing and employee-user Windows 10 kiosk devices. 

In the application whitelisting section, the IT teams can allow/block the taskbar and set folder restrictions in File Explorer.

Chrome Settings

1. Startup Settings:

The IT teams can create a personalized configuration of the Windows 10 startup experience in the settings section. This is useful when Windows 10 devices are deployed as public kiosk browsers.

Along with whitelisting/blacklisting websites for the kiosk browsers, IT teams can:

  • Configure the default home page settings
  • Provide a default URL
  • Configure the home button settings

2. Content and Browsing

IT teams can also control the entire user experience of the Chrome browser on Windows 10 kiosk. This includes configuration of:

  • Bookmark folder
  • Bookmark bar
  • Developer tools
  • Autofill forms

IT teams can also configure the search settings, block popups and plugins, enforce incognito mode and allow/block browsing history.

Single App Kiosk Mode

With Scalefusion MDM, Windows 10 devices can be locked down in a single app kiosk mode. This especially is useful for devices deployed for education, as kiosk browsers, or as self-service kiosks in places with large footfalls. With Single App Kiosk mode by Scalefusion Windows 10 MDM, IT teams can ensure a consistent user experience by locking the device to a pre-installed app, a Win-32 app, a browser app, or a third-party app in single app mode. 

To ensure that while the device is locked to single app mode the user experience remains consistent, the IT teams can configure the user account created similar to the app configuration.

Further reading: 
How to Leverage Windows 10 Single App Kiosk Mode for Business
How to Lockdown Windows 10 Devices in Multi-App Kiosk Mode

Scalefusion MDM empowers IT teams, to facilitate a custom yet excellent user experience on Windows 10 devices. To further accentuate the user experience, the IT admins can also reflect custom desktop wallpapers or company branding to provide an unmatched user experience even on public Windows 10 kiosks.

Thousands of businesses rely upon Scalefusion for managing their mobile device, desktops, laptops and other endpoints

Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.
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