With the arrival of the "Always Connected PCs", Microsoft is heading towards hyper connectivity and the next update "Redstone 4" of Windows 10 could significantly improve eSIM support.
Keeping its pace of two big updates per year, Microsoft is preparing the next evolution of Windows 10 for next spring. His name ? Redstone 4 for the moment and some Windows Insiders already have access to some features provided by Microsoft. More apps, an interface can be reworked and plethora of evolutions at all levels would be on the menu. And, at Taipei's WinHEC Fall event, Microsoft featured one of them, echoing the planned arrival of the Always Connected PCs (ACPC) for next spring.

With this new type of machine, the giant Redmond seems to be keen to facilitate Internet connections to Windows users wherever they are.
For the moment, most laptops (ACPC or not) that connect to 4G do so either via a SIM card slot present in the machine, or via an external USB stick. Or, in connection sharing from their smartphone.
To simplify all this, Microsoft would work to better support eSIM by its OS. And he is counting on the result of his work being available in the next update of Windows 10, coming in the spring of 2018.

Specifically, MS would be working on solutions so that the activation and management of this type of card is faster for the first, and effective for the second.
Thus, thanks to some novelties possibly embedded in Redstone 4 (but probably reserved for ACPCs at first), users enjoying 4G Internet connections via eSIM could download their profile directly from the cloud and associate it with their data plan without have to go through the box "activation in store". It is still necessary that the different national operators are ready to provide an eSIM service to their customers.
The professional front is obviously not forgotten since Microsoft evokes an "Enterprise eSIM" to deploy as a simple driver in a fleet of business machines. The use of such a solution would allow companies to buy data packages in bulk and then credit - using software such as Microsoft Intune for example - the eSIM present in the machines, depending on employee needs.

Younes Derfoufi

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