Ascertain regions begin to overcome the problems and disruptions of the last 18 months, a new world of employment is coming into being. In virtual procedures and remote cooperation, organizations have altered themselves everywhere. And when individuals engage in hybrid work—things will be different again when they return to the office, continue to work from home, or mingle with them both.
However, the ability to work anywhere necessary is the new normal. All staff wishes to have a familiar, easy to use and device-wide technology.
And in the most complicated cybersecurity environment that we have ever seen, companies need a solution that will allow their workers to work collaboratively, share and create while safeguarding their data.
We have a chance to develop tools to enable this new hybrid world to function from a different perspective – as well as the power and safety of the cloud.
We are pleased to now announce the launch of Windows 365 for interns and contractor employees in software developers and industrial designers, which provides new experiences in Windows 10 and Windows 11 (when it is broadly available later this calendar year). Windows 365 brings the operating system into the Microsoft Cloud and transmits your personal or business devices safely throughout the Windows expertise – with all applications, data and settings included. This technique provides a whole new category of personal computing for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.
Today I would want to tell you why we believe it will be a milestone for future customer functioning and for the potential it provides for its partners to bring the cloud revolution to personal computing.
Windows 365 Cloud – Experience in the cloud, On every device, a powerful, customised, and complete
According to most recent Work Trend Index, 73 percent of employees want flexible remote work alternatives to continue, but 67 percent also want greater in-person cooperation post-pandemic. As a result, companies throughout the world are grappling with how to connect in a hybrid environment and offer workers access to organizational resources at home, at the office, and everywhere in between.
The aim for a Windows 365 Cloud PC, similar to how we’ve embraced the cloud for other products, is to provide a new way to experience Windows through the power of the cloud—while tackling both innovative and classic issues for companies. This new paradigm is about more than simply enabling and safeguarding remote access. The user experience is more essential than ever in terms of recruiting and keeping people, increasing productivity, and guaranteeing security.
The Cloud PC leverages the cloud’s power and the device’s capabilities to deliver a powerful, easy, and secure complete Windows 10 or Windows 11 experience that you can use to empower your workforce, independent of location or device. Windows 365 offers an instant-on boot experience, allowing users to stream all of their personalized apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud to any device, including a Mac, iPad, Linux device, or Android smartphone.
The Windows experience is consistent across devices. Because the status of your Cloud PC remains constant even when you move devices, you can pick up right where you left off. You can accomplish the same job on a laptop in a hotel room, a tablet in their car between appointments, or your desktop at work. Seasonal labor may also be brought on and off as needed by the business, allowing the organization to grow during peak seasons without the significant logistical and security problems that come with releasing new gear. Furthermore, businesses may be more focused in how they equip specialized personnel in creative, analytics, engineering, or scientific jobs that require additional computational power and access to essential apps.
Windows 365 supports your business software, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and others. With Windows 365, we also abide by our promise of app compatibility with App Assure, a free service that assists customers with 150 or more users in resolving any app difficulties that may arise.
Windows 365 Cloud – Greater ease of use using known tools
Simplicity is one of the most essential design elements of Windows 365. With per user per month pricing, you may select the size of the Cloud PC that best fits your needs. Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise are the two version options for organisations that feature a comprehensive cloud-based solution with different Cloud PC configurations based on performance requirements.
We designed Windows 365 for IT to be consistent with how you now manage your physical devices. In Microsoft Endpoint Manager, your Cloud PCs appear alongside your physical devices, and you can apply management and security rules to them just as you can to the rest of your devices.
Windows 365 is based on Azure Virtual Desktop, but it simplifies the virtualization experience by taking care of all the intricacies. You may scale processing power and monitor the performance of the Cloud PC to ensure that your users get the best experience possible. We’ve also incorporated analytics into the service to examine network connection health to ensure that your Cloud PC users can access all they need on your network to be productive.
You can quickly discover Cloud PC environments that are not meeting the performance demands of a specific user from the Endpoint Analytics dashboard, and not only can you obtain recommendations, but you can also upgrade them at the press of a button, which is promptly implemented without missing a beat. Our new Watchdog Service also conducts diagnostics on a continuous basis to assist maintain connections operational at all times. If a diagnostic check fails, we’ll notify you and even offer ideas for how to resolve the problem.
We prefer Azure Virtual Desktop for additional customization and flexibility, especially if your business has virtualization experience, as it continues to see considerable adoption as enterprises update VDI in the cloud. More information on our expanded investments in Azure Virtual Desktop may be found in today’s Tech Community blog.
Check out Scott Manchester’s Tech Community blog for additional information about his management experience.
Windows 365 Cloud security powered by Zero Trust
With an emphasis on Zero Trust architecture, Windows 365 also contributes to addressing today’s key security problems by designing, storing, and protecting data in the cloud rather than on the device. Through interaction with Microsoft Azure Active Directory, multifactor authentication (MFA) works to explicitly validate each login or access attempt to a Cloud PC (Azure AD). In Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you can also combine MFA with specialized Windows 365 conditional access controls to quickly analyze login risk for each session. We’ve also built the user and administrative interfaces around the idea of least privileged access.
For example, you may use particular roles to delegate specific rights such as licensing, device management, and Cloud PC administration, eliminating the need for you to be a global administrator. You may utilize the security baselines for Windows 10, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, and Microsoft Edge in the same way that you would for physical devices, and we’ve created a cloud PC-specific security baseline to help you get started fast.
If you use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Protection to safeguard your devices, it will also function with your Cloud PCs. You can use Microsoft Endpoint Manager to rapidly enrol your Cloud PCs, just as you do with your other Defender for Endpoint devices. It not only secures your Cloud PCs, but it also provides security advice to reduce risks and assists you in promptly detecting and investigating any security events.
Finally, encryption is utilised everywhere. All managed drives running Cloud PCs are encrypted, as as all stored data at rest, and all network traffic to and from your Cloud PCs.
Partners will have additional opportunities as a result of Windows 365.
Windows 365 opens up new options for Microsoft ecosystem partners of all sorts to provide innovative Windows experiences from the cloud.
Independent software companies can continue to develop Windows programs while also delivering them in the cloud to reach a wider audience. Windows 365 also introduces new development opportunities by using APIs made accessible to partners, allowing them to bring their own ideas to market. In fact, check out the Tech Community blog, which highlights the solutions that ISVs such as Nerdio, UKG, Service Now, and Net App are launching today to serve various user situations with Windows 365.
Our customers will look to system integrators and managed service providers to help them get the most out of their entire Windows estate, taking advantage of the additional services that Accenture/Avanade, Atos, Crayon, Content and Cloud, Convergent, Coretek, DXC, Glueck & Kanja GAB, Insight, and Netrix continue to bring to market. Partners such as Iconic IT LLC, MachineLogic LLC, and Nitec Solutions currently offer Windows 365 and can assist with additional services for small and midsize enterprises. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have the ability to incorporate Windows 365 into their comprehensive array of services alongside the powerful features and secure hardware of their devices.
Cloud PC is the next major step forward in cloud computing, connecting the Microsoft Cloud and personal devices in a powerful new way. With the launch of Windows 365, we are inviting businesses, workers, and partners to reinvent their experiences with Windows and their devices, and we look forward to creating new scenarios for people worldwide.
Windows with hybrid capabilities for a hybrid world
We are very thrilled to provide this new method to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when released) across all of your devices by using the power of the cloud. We think that this will provide companies of all sizes with the power, simplicity, and security they need to satisfy their workforce’s evolving demands as they embrace hybrid work.
We are thrilled to be embarking on this adventure with you, and we can’t wait to learn about all the innovative ways you will get things done with Windows 365.