This week, Microsoft released their newest endeavor - Windows 365 Cloud PC. The release comes amid continuous workforce changes, as the world looks ahead to a post - Covid environment. Windows 365 Cloud PC is described by the company as a complete SaaS solution for organizations looking to continue a completely remote or hybrid offering for employees.
For individuals looking to migrate their company network to the cloud using Cloud PC, there are currently two options available – Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. The primary distinction between both Windows 365 options is the number of employees within an organization. Windows 365 Business is appropriate for companies with less than 300 employees, while Windows 365 Enterprise is meant for larger corporations exceeding 300 employees. Microsoft provides 3 subscription-based models for both Business and Enterprise – basic, standard, and premium. While pricing is consistent between all 3 subscription models for both Business and Enterprise, configurations based on storage, RAM and processing power are available.
The new software, like Azure, allows users access to Windows 10 (and eventually Windows 11) from any device, at any given time. While Azure can be described as a virtual desktop infrastructure existing within the cloud, Windows 365 Cloud PC takes the Azure virtual experience a step further.
The Cloud PC sets out to simplify the virtual desktop experience, by promising a secure, straightforward, and easy to manage software service for organizations of any size. Microsoft is employing a zero-trust security model for the Cloud PC, with multi-factor authentication to always safeguard data.
Upon deployment, managers can assign Cloud PCs within minutes, without the need for physical hardware. User data is transferred over the internet vs. organization networks, allowing users full control over their applications, data, and settings within the cloud. Cloud PC is currently available for Windows, iPad, Mac, and Android. A Windows 365 Cloud PC option for Linux will be available soon.
Cloud PC not only offers users the ability to access Windows from any device with a web browser, but users can also switch between devices securely, and pick up where they left off on their previously connected Cloud PC screen.
With an increasing number of individuals working remote or hybrid, Windows 365 Cloud PC is sure to become a practical and essential alternative for today’s workforce.