Windows 365 debuted, and it provides a new way to access the mature Windows operating system from anywhere (using desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices). Microsoft announced the debut of Windows 365 at its partner-focused virtual conference Inspire 2021 on Wednesday. The new product turns the concept of cloud PC into reality and is Microsoft’s latest product for remote working environments. With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last year, this product has become so common. Windows 365 is designed to provide a complete computing experience through native applications or web browsers on any device with an active Internet connection.

Windows 365 availability

Microsoft said that starting August 2nd, organizations of all sizes can use Windows 365. It can be accessed from any device, including Mac, iPad, Linux, and even Android phones. There will be two cloud PC configurations-Windows 365 Business Edition and Windows 365 Enterprise Edition. However, pricing details have not yet been announced.

Windows 365 features

With Windows 365, Microsoft aims to provide an experience that has the same look, feel, and security as a traditional Windows PC, but can be accessed through a native application or web browser. It allows users to access the full Windows 10 (or Windows 11, once available) directly from the application or using a web browser. Users can also access their applications, tools, data, and settings from what they want on their PC.

With Microsoft Cloud integration, you will be able to access Windows 365 when switching between multiple devices, and you will get the same experience no matter which device you use. Since the service will run on the cloud, even if you move from a high-end device to a more basic device, it will not cause any performance difference.

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Windows 365 will allow you to run applications on the cloud
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Although Microsoft already provides Azure virtual desktops to provide Windows to corporate customers through the cloud, Windows 365 aims to provide virtualization that does not require specialized IT support. However, if a company has IT administrators, Microsoft says that they can use the same tools as physical PCs to manage and deploy Windows 365-based cloud PCs.

“For organizations that want to try virtualization for various reasons but fail to achieve it, Windows 365 will really make a huge difference-maybe it’s too expensive, too complicated, or they don’t have the in-house expertise to do this. Things,” Wangui said of McKlevey, general manager of Microsoft 365.

Microsoft mentioned that Windows 365 will support commercial applications, namely Microsoft 365, Dynamic 365 and Power Platform. Microsoft Endpoint Manager will also be able to work with Windows 365 to allow IT teams to manage cloud PCs provided in their organizations and apply management and security policies remotely from their devices.

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IT team will be able to manage Windows 365-based cloud PCs through Microsoft Endpoint Manager
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Windows 365 also comes with an Endpoint Analytics dashboard to provide analysis and provide access to view the health of the Internet connection throughout the network. In addition, there is a new Watchdog service that allows the IT team to run diagnostics.

In addition to providing remote access, Windows 365 has also been touted as an aim to use a zero-trust architecture to solve some of today’s security challenges. The service comes with multi-factor authentication (MFA) and can use integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to verify login or access attempts to cloud PCs. There are also options to delegate specific permissions using specific rules, such as licensing, device management, and cloud PC management. In addition, you can use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to enhance security.

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Microsoft also claims that all managed disks running Windows 365-based cloud PCs are encrypted, all stored data is encrypted at rest, and all network traffic to and from the PC is also encrypted.

The development of Windows 365 began before the pandemic, and some references indicate that the initial work began in 2014. However, the coronavirus outbreak helped Microsoft test cloud-based services on a larger scale than before. Last year, the company also laid the foundation for its new services by replacing Microsoft Office 365 with Microsoft 365.