Last week, when Microsoft quietly introduced a new version of Windows 10 -- Windows 10 Pro Education -- the company also acknowledged it planned to curtail the ability for administrators to manage certain Microsoft and third-party apps.
Administrators can opt to show Microsoft apps only or Microsoft and third-party apps both (the latter setting is the default for Windows 10 Pro administration now). But they cannot completely disable Windows Spotlight on the lock screen, Start Menu app suggestions, additional apps on Start, and Windows tips.
However, admins still can totally disable all of these things if they are using Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro Education, or Windows 10 Education using Group Policy or mobile device management tools.
Here's the caveat many people seem to be missing: Individual end users of the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 Pro are still be able to shut off these apps and settings if they choose by changing the settings on their own machines, as far as I can tell. I just did this myself on the Windows 10 Anniversary build 14393 (RTM) that I am running on a couple of devices.
Microsoft acknowledges that Pro users -- though, again not admins -- can do this in that TechNet article. The article says:
"Windows 10 tips, tricks, and suggestions and Windows Store suggestions can be turned on or off by users. For example, users are able to select personal photos for the lock screen as opposed to the images provided by Microsoft, or turn off tips, tricks, or suggestions as they use Windows."
Why did Microsoft remove the ability for admins to change and shut off these apps and settings? I asked and didn't hear back from company officials.