Patsy Collins
July 23, 2021

A new era of hybrid work with Windows 365

As we emerge from the challenges faced during the pandemic, businesses have transformed, in some cases from a fully remote environment to a new hybrid approach. Employees need the flexibility to work from anywhere, and companies need the right solution to enable collaboration and productivity while keeping data secure.

Luckily, Microsoft know just what we need, announcing the new Windows 365 during Microsoft Inspire this year.

What is Windows 365?

Windows 365 is a cloud service that creates a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 for businesses at any scale, taking the operating system to the Microsoft cloud, streaming the full Windows experience — apps, data and settings — to personal or corporate devices.

Windows 365 creates a new hybrid personal computing category called Cloud PC, which uses both the power of the cloud and the capabilities of the device to provide a full, personalised Windows experience.

Having the ability to use corporate systems on personal devices improves the remote work scenario, giving users endless flexibility and accessibility to continue their work from anywhere.

Windows 365 allows for an innovative impact to business in 3 ways:

It’s Powerful

Boosting from their personal PC, users can stream apps, data, and settings from the cloud across any device, giving you the full PC experience in the cloud. You can scale up or down with the adaptability of processing power and storage with Windows 365, for every business need.

It’s Simple

Log in where you left off on any device with the Windows 365 Cloud PC. Within IT industries, Windows 365 simplifies deployment, updates, and management. Optimized for endpoint, IT companies can easily procure, deploy, and manage Cloud PCs for their organisation just as they manage physical PCs through Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Deploy Windows 365 and take advantage of the per user per month pricing.

It’s Secure

Secure by design, Windows 365 enhances the power of the cloud and ‘Zero Trust’, as all your data is secure in the cloud, not at device level.

What about Azure Virtual Desktop?

A common question is how Windows 365 compares to Azure Virtual Desktop. Though built on AVD, Windows 365 give you the control, simplifying the virtual experience.

Two things to remember:

  • Windows 365 is ideal for customers looking for a personalized Windows experience.
  • Azure Virtual Desktop is a flexible cloud VDI platform, ideal for customers wanting maximum flexibility and control.
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Microsoft is allowing businesses access to two solutions that support all hybrid work requirements.

Reach out to our sales team to learn more about Windows 365 compared to Azure Virtual Desktop.

Increasing Partner Opportunities

The release of Windows 365 is creating mass opportunities for partners. ISVs can continue to build Windows apps, customers will need system integrators and MSPs to enhance the most out of their Windows environment. SMB parnters already supporting Windows 365 can assist users on their journey to the Cloud.

What next?

Reimagine the world of hybrid work with Windows 365, speak to our sales team today to find out more – csp@westcoastcloud.co.uk

Windows 365 will be available Monday 2nd August, 2021.

Learn more about Windows 365 here.