What is Windows 365? And How Will It Change Computing?
A few months ago, Microsoft announced a new service for business users. Windows 365 harnesses the power and capabilities of some of Microsoft’s other existing services in new ways to make delivering remote desktop experiences to end-users much easier. So, what exactly is Windows 365 and how does it work?
Windows 365 is a service built using the same Cloud infrastructure like Microsoft Azure. You access Windows 365 through a news portal, where you can access Cloud PCs. We’ve even seen brands turn to their Business IT Support London Companies to help them choose what works best for them. There has been a big increase in the use of W365 within IT Support South London Companies. Windows 365 purchase as a license – and with each license, you can choose the size of Cloud PC you want – ranging from 1 CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage: and all the way up to 8 CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512 GB of Storage. They are two types of Windows 365 licenses: Business (for small to medium-sized companies) and Enterprise (for larger businesses and corporations).
So, now you know roughly what Windows 365 is, but now you’re probably wondering what Cloud PCs are! This is the name Microsoft has given to the new time of virtual machine they are pioneering.
Some people may be aware that Microsoft already offers a Desktop-as-a-Service solution called Azure Virtual Desktop, but W365 differs from it in a few ways. To start with, if a business wants to use Azure Virtual Desktop, they will need people that know Azure to build their Azure environment from the ground up, as well as manually creating any virtual machines they want to have. With Windows 365, none of this is required – in fact, Cloud PCs are created automatically when a Windows 365 license is assigned to an end-user.
Unlike Azure Virtual Desktops, which are essentially shared servers that multiple people can work on at once, Windows 365 Cloud PCs are completely personal, they can only be accessed by the user that is holding the license.
So, what are the benefits of Windows 365? There are a number of advantages for both the back end and the customer-facing side. In terms of the back end, it really is a plug-and-play setup, unlike many other virtual desktop solutions; as mentioned previously, it does not require lengthy setups by IT professionals – it simply requires the assignment of licenses to users.
Windows 365 also offers some cost advantages over Azure Virtual Desktop, for smaller to medium-sized businesses. This is a tool that we’ve seen Microsoft 365 Consultant Firms use to help their clients. Azure Virtual Desktop’s pricing has always been based on the amount of consumption the customer uses. This means that businesses can easily use as much or as little storage or computing power as they need in Azure, but their monthly fees will go up and down accordingly.
However, for businesses that are looking for more predictability in their IT expenditure, they will be pleased to know that the Windows 365 Business licenses (the cheaper of the two) come at a fixed monthly fee – all costs are included in the price of the license – so it’s easier to track your IT spend with Windows 365 Business.
On the end-user side of things, the biggest benefit of using Windows 365 is that it can be accessed from any laptop whatsoever. Moreover, it also ensures water-tight data security – if an employee uses their personal laptop to access Windows 365, the company data and their personal data will never interact, and will remain completely separate.