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Is Windows 365 right for your business?

Microsoft’s highly anticipated cloud PC solution, Windows 365, is now available for businesses. Read our blog to find out more about Windows 365, how it compares to AVD and if it’s right for your business.
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Could Windows 365 transform your business?

Microsoft has launched Windows 365 for a hybrid world! Find out whether it can transform your business, by reading our blog post.
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Is Windows 365 right for your business?

Microsoft’s highly anticipated cloud PC service, Windows 365 is now available for businesses of all sizes. Windows 365 promises to be the new solution for today’s hybrid workforce, providing a familiar user experience, whilst changing the way organisations view IT hardware. 

As Windows 365 is a new product, many businesses are unsure where it fits into their IT services, and if it is the right hybrid working solution for them. Below we will discuss what is Windows 365, what are the benefits, how it compares to Azure Virtual Desktop and whether Windows 365 is a good fit for your business.

What is Windows 365?

Windows 365 is a cloud PC service that streams the full Windows experience, including apps, data and settings on any device that has an internet connection. The user can log into their Windows 365 cloud PC using their Azure AD credentials through any browser or the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, and enjoy a fully functional Windows 10 experience. All the compute is through the Azure cloud, and businesses can change the levels of compute and storage quickly and easily to suit changing business needs.

There are other solutions that provide a similar experience, such as Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), however they are not quite as simple to deploy and manage. Similarly, other virtual desktop solutions often have complex pricing structures, whereas Windows 365 has simple per user per month pricing. Of course, Azure Virtual Desktop could be a better fit for your organisation’s needs, so compare both solutions to explore the pros and cons of each (see below). 

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Benefits of Windows 365

There are many benefits to running workloads on the cloud with Windows 365. One of the key benefits is that it supports the move to a hybrid workplace. As Windows 365 can run on any device with an internet connection, it means that users can have a familiar Windows experience with all their previous settings, data and applications on any device, from any location. As all security policies can be set by the administrator this also allows businesses to introduce a Bring Your Own PC (BYOC) programme that can greatly reduce hardware costs. Similarly, many businesses that have an elastic or temporary workforce can benefit from the ease of deployment and simplicity of paying for the service only for the duration of an employee’s contract.

Another key benefit of Windows 365 is the built-in security and compliance, as the cloud PCs are streamed from the Azure cloud. Over the past decade, the cybersecurity threat landscape has expanded rapidly, making securing organisational and customer data more important and complex. Windows 365 was built with security in mind and moving workloads to the cloud not only greatly increases security, but it also simplifies disaster recovery if an incident does occur.

Windows 365 vs. Azure Virtual Desktop

Although Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) both provide Windows experiences using the Azure cloud, the solutions suit different business use cases. AVD is optimised for flexibility and suits businesses that require full control over the configuration and management of the virtual machines. With AVD it is possible to run multi-session Windows virtual machines, as well as remote app streaming. This is particularly useful when workloads require high levels of compute or are GPU intensive. The pricing for AVD is flexible consumption-based pricing and the level of compute and storage can be optimised for cost and experience.

Where AVD is optimised for flexibility, Windows 365 is optimised for simplicity. 

Windows 365 is a complete end-to-end Microsoft service with predictable per user, per month pricing. If a business wants to deploy cloud PCs, they do not need any VDI experience or skills, and if compute or storage requirements change, it is simple to scale each cloud PC to meet these requirements. Administration and management of cloud PCs is also simplified with Windows 365 as it is a direct self-service model for the Business edition and one-stop administration in Microsoft Endpoint Manager for the Enterprise edition.

Is Windows 365 a good fit for your business?

If your business is considering moving workloads to the cloud, Windows 365 may be the right solution. The introduction of Windows 365 can greatly increase security and potentially decrease overall hardware spend. For businesses that have employees working remotely or in a hybrid work arrangement and value simplicity over flexibility and control, Windows 365 will likely be a better option over Azure Virtual Desktop. This is especially true if a business has an elastic workforce or is going through a rapid period of change or expansion. 

If you want to find out more about Windows 365 and if it is right for your business, get in touch with us today.

Could Windows 365 transform your business?

At the beginning of this month, Microsoft released the next new development in their product ecosystem, Windows 365. Windows 365 was developed to support the changing workplace model, with the bold statement that it’s a ‘hybrid Windows for a hybrid world’. 

The product’s aim is to be easy to use, familiar and always available, regardless of the location of the user or the device they are using. So could it transform your business? Below we will discuss what Windows 365 is, its benefits and how it can transform your business.

What is Windows 365?

Windows 365 is a service that allows users to access cloud PCs from anywhere, on any device streaming a Windows 10 desktop in a web browser or through the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. When users log into the service they are greeted with all the same apps, tools, data and settings from previous sessions, enabling a productive hybrid workforce.

Whilst this virtual desktop technology is not a new concept, and although Microsoft already offers Azure Virtual Desktop, what makes Windows 365 stand out is its simplicity. In the past, desktop virtualisation has often been complex, costly and difficult to manage without in-house expertise. Windows 365 simplifies this process with easier management and a simple per-user monthly subscription cost.

Benefits of Windows 365 for businesses and end users

The key benefit of using Windows 365 is its simplicity, both for the end user and the business. A Windows 365 user can have a personalised desktop that will have the same apps and settings each time they log in, even if it is on a completely different device. As it is a Microsoft service it also seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft cloud services. Once the user is connected to Windows 365 the computer will function as if it is a typical PC, with multi-monitor support and the ability to use the camera and microphone for Teams audio and video calls. For the business, it is simple to create new virtual desktops as the business grows and billing is always predictable as it is per-user pricing.

Another key benefit of using Windows 365 is that it greatly increases security. As more businesses work remotely or in a hybrid work model, it has been difficult to ensure that all devices accessing company data are secure. Windows 365 solves this problem as the image for the PC can be set up by an IT admin to have strict security policies to ensure that all company data stays safe and secure. 

How Windows 365 can transform your business

As the workplace has fundamentally changed over the past 2 years, the way businesses view computers should change too. For businesses that are implementing a hybrid workplace model, Windows 365 can aid in this process. It allows the possibility for businesses to decrease their hardware costs as the physical device does not need excessive computing power: the compute is through Windows 365. This also enables businesses to consider a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programme which allows employees to use hardware they are familiar with whilst having the same security protocols as a work-issued device.

Similarly, many businesses require, or may benefit from, an elastic workforce. This may include temporary interns, consultants or contractors that need access to a work device for a short period of time. In the past, the only way to accommodate these workers was to have a surplus of devices available. With Windows 365, temporary workers can bring their own device and have a cloud PC deployed for the time they are working for the company.

Finally, in some organisations the amount of computing power employees need may fluctuate depending on the projects they are working on. Windows 365 allows businesses to change the amount of computing power quickly and easily on each cloud PC to ensure employees have the best experience whilst optimising costs.

Windows 365 marks a new era for hybrid working and virtual desktops in general. If you want to find out more about how Windows 365 can transform your business, get in touch today.

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