What is Microsoft Windows 365 For Business and Enterprise

What is Microsoft Windows 365 For Business and Enterprise

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Windows 365 is a new and official service from Microsoft, through which business customers can use Cloud PCs at any place. Windows 365 shifts your physical PC or operating system with all your apps, data files, and settings as a virtual alternative to the Microsoft cloud permanently. You can sign in to that PC using any desktop PC, Mac, or mobile device and start exactly from where you left last time. 

Window 365 allows users to access both Windows 10 or Windows 11 and stream the session to hardware that runs macOS, iPadOS, Linux, and Android. Linux devices may avail of this service very soon. It is supportive of Adobe Reader, the Edge Browser, and Microsoft Defender Antivirus Software. It also supports a line of business apps like Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform. Within the Windows 365 portal, you can access Microsoft 365 apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Excel). 

How Windows 365 is different for Business and Enterprise? 

Microsoft makes Windows 365 available for Business and Enterprise. Business subscribers need no license to access it via windows365.microsoft.com. Windows 365 Business is available for organizations with up to 300 users. Enterprise subscribers can build on the existing licenses and avail of the Endpoint Manager data security software of Microsoft. Window 365 Enterprise is available for organizations with more than 300 users. 

When Windows 365 Become Available for Business and Enterprise? 

On 14 July 2021, Microsoft made an official announcement for Windows 365. They made Windows 365 available for business customers on 2 August 2021. There is no availability for a free trial period at current.

How Can You Start with Windows 365?

It is said that hardly 30 minutes are required to start with the basic version of the cloud-based Window service without deep technical knowledge or infrastructure. The process for the Business and Enterprise package is not completely the same. 

What is Windows 365 Business? 

Windows 365 Business is a simpler version of the cloud-based service for organizations with up to 300 employees. Users can perform every task in Azure AD while Microsoft Cloud helps all the components to run inside it. There is no requirement for technological prerequisites, Azure subscription, or domain controller. 

How Can You Start With Windows 365 Business?

It is easy to access the virtual operating system (OS) and acquire Windows 365 just like other Microsoft services. 

  • Go to the admin centre in the Microsoft 365 account
  • Click to the ‘Billing’ section
  • Select ‘Purchase services’ 
  • Go through a variety of configurations
  • Choose your licence and size preferences
  • Enter your email address
  • Finish the ordering process 
  • Come back to the Microsoft 365 admin centre console
  • Start giving licenses to users
  • Go to the ‘Users’ section
  • Choose ‘Active users’
  • Start giving users a Windows 365 deployment
  • Choose ‘Licenses and apps’ for each user
  • Give a Windows 365 license to each user
  • Save your changes/edits 
  • There is no further IT admin interaction 
  • Go to the Windows 365 web portal
  • Log in with their details
  • Start using Windows 365  
  • Wait for 10 to 30 minutes
  • The user can directly log in to their Cloud PC
  • Start using the service 

Windows 365 Business Edition Plans and Pricing

ProcessorRAMStorageMonthly subscription Monthly subscription with Windows Hybrid Benefit
1 vCPU2GB 64GB£20.50 £17.00
2 vCPU4GB 64GB£27.30 £23.90
2 vCPU4GB 128GB£29.80 £26.40
2 vCPU4GB 256GB£37.50 £34.10
2 vCPU8GB128GB£38.30 £34.90
2 vCPU8GB256GB£46.00£42.60
4 vCPU16GB128GB£59.60£56.20
4 vCPU16GB256GB£67.30£63.90
4 vCPU16GB512GB£89.50£86.10
8 vCPU32GB 128GB£108.20£104.80
8 vCPU32GB 256GB£115.90£112.50
8 vCPU32GB 512GB£138.00£134.60

What is Windows 365 Enterprise? 

Windows 365 Enterprise is a sophisticated cloud-based service created for larger organizations. It has a wide spectrum of tools and features that help maintenance and security. A highly skilled technical expertise can deploy and manage it. 

What are the features of Windows 365 Enterprise? 

  • Self-serve upgrades
  • Universal print integration
  • Partner and programmatic enablement
  • Custom images and image management 
  • Microsoft Endpoint Manager policy-driven provisioning
  • Endpoint analytics reporting and monitoring
  • Optional health alerts
  • Connection to on-premises infrastructure
  • Avanced Microsoft Endpoint Manager-based troubleshooting and device management

Windows 365 Enterprise Requirements 

For organizations to use Windows 365 Enterprise must stick to a set of prerequisites before securing licenses with the Microsoft 365 admin center. 

Here are requirements to use Windows 365 Business: 

  • Users with Windows Pro endpoints require Windows 10 Enterprise E3 + EMS E3 or Microsoft 365 F3/E3/E5/BP
  • Users with non-Windows Pro endpoints require Windows VDA E3 + EMS E3 or Microsoft 365 F3/E3/F5/BP
  • Microsoft Intune supported licenses like Microsoft 365 E3
  • Microsoft Azure subscription
  • There is requirement for Azure vNET virtual Network to connect with a DNS server to fix Active Directory records on premises or Azure. 
  • There must be synced between AD and Azure AD that can offer hybrid identity in Azure AD

How Can You Start With Windows 365 Enterprise? 

Although it is easy to get started with the Enterprise edition of Cloud PC,  additional complexity occurs due to an array of additional features and tools. 

  • There is requirement for an on-premises network connection to create Cloud PCs. That can happen only after when you purchase and assign licenses
  • Connect them with your specific domain
  • Now you can manage them with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  • Create a group policy in the Microsoft 365 admin centre
  • Choose an image from the gallery or a custom image
  • Choose the Windows 10 Enterprise version
  • The Azure AD group must apply to the provisioning policy
  • Save these settings
  • Create the policy
  • Azure AD group members will directly get added Cloud PC licenses 
  • Wait for 20-30 minutes for the Cloud PCs to get ready for use
  • Users can use the Windows 365 web portal to access Windows 365
  • Log in with Azure AD credentials 

Windows 365 Enterprise Edition Plans and Pricing

ProcessorRAMStorageMonthly subscription 
1 vCPU2GB 64GB£17.00
2 vCPU4GB 64GB£23.90
2 vCPU4GB 128GB£26.40
2 vCPU4GB 256GB£34.10
2 vCPU8GB128GB£34.90
2 vCPU8GB256GB£42.60
4 vCPU16GB128GB£56.20
4 vCPU16GB256GB£63.90
4 vCPU16GB512GB£86.10
8 vCPU32GB 128GB£104.80
8 vCPU32GB 256GB£112.50
8 vCPU32GB 512GB£134.60

Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft Windows 365 is a new service built for business customers so that they can access Cloud PCs at all times from anywhere. 

Windows 365 offers the power and security of the cloud.

Microsoft Windows 365 supports Windows 10 and Windows 11. 

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