Remote employees using Windows 365

Windows 365 is the latest cloud PC offering from Microsoft. It’s built on the existing Azure Virtual Desktop platform, however there are key differences that set Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop apart.

Windows 365 is essentially a pre-packaged cloud PC desktop as a service that makes it easier to spin up and allocate virtual machines – without the need for any in-depth technical knowledge. It’s designed primarily for easier management, with a simple price plan and straight forward configuration. With Windows 365, IT admins can provision and configure virtual PCs more efficiently, and employees can securely access the entire Windows experience from any device. And instead of a list of specs to scroll through (as with Azure Virtual Desktop), organizations have the choice of 12 PCs to spin up for their employees. From a leisurely single 2GB CPU machine (for standard users), all the way up to a hulking eight CPU 32GB monster for larger development, design, and video projects.

How can Windows 365 change the way your business works? 

Windows 365 makes Microsoft cloud PCs more accessible. So, in a world of hybrid work, your team has the hybrid computing power to match. This includes sharing files, working on the move, keeping the remote office secure, and making sure everyone has access to the technology they need to do their job.

Here are some of the key benefits you’ll experience when your company invests in Windows 365:

Quick rollout and management

This is perhaps the biggest advantage of Windows 365. Boasting a click-and-go approach to cloud computing and virtual machines, IT managers can quickly configure and assign cloud PCs to employees based on their workday needs. In just minutes employees can be securely signed in and ready to work, which revolutionizes onboarding and IT management to help you to build a truly mobile workforce that can work from anywhere.

Microsoft’s per user, per month pricing is also a step towards better budgeting for all users. Being able to rely on a consistent monthly or annual cost makes it easier for companies of all sizes to budget for cloud computing, and also measure ROI compared to physical machines.

Hybrid working 

Windows 365 cloud PCs all live within huge data centers scattered around the world. Your employees simply log in and access these PCs virtually via the Windows 365 platform, which have already been configured by your company. All that’s needed is an internet connection.

This makes hybrid working much simpler as employees don’t need to remember to take their laptops home with them—they can use a personal machine, or have a work computer in the office and one at home. The cloud PC approach also makes hotdesking far more organized and streamlined by giving you the ability to use your own familiar desktop—complete with settings, documents and programs, from anywhere in the office.

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Security 

The traditional idea of the pre-pandemic office is over. Now ‘the office’ refers to the people who work for your company, rather than the bricks and mortar they sit in—expanding beyond the four walls and into people’s homes. However, one problem with this evolution is security. How can you feasibly keep your team of what is potentially thousands of employees, spread across the city, country, or even the planet, secure?

Windows 365 cloud PCs come with built in security. Its simple, customizable settings allow you to preconfigure security settings en masse for hundreds or thousands of users. It uses multi-factor authentication, and admins decided which accounts can log in, and how long they have access. Trusted Launch is also reportedly on the way, after being announced for AVD earlier this year.

Hardware updates

Upgrading hardware is a timely and costly process. With Windows 365, cloud PCs can easily be upgraded and downgraded depending on the project employees are working on. All your IT department needs is a device with access to an internet connection that is good enough to stream a movie, and they are able to switch a user/users from a 2GB RAM machine to a 32GB RAM machine in seconds. This helps reduce your budget for updating technology by replacing those costs with a monthly subscription plan that saves you money.

What is the best way to implement Windows 365? 

Windows 365 is designed for simplicity. However, if you need help getting buy-in from the whole company, or simply want the peace of mind that comes with an expert-led rollout, we can help.

As a leading Microsoft Cloud Service Provider, MessageOps sees the potential in every company to become more agile, streamlined, and flexible with Windows 365. And we’ve helped thousands of companies make a successful move to the cloud.

The next step is helping organizations roll out powerful, fully-equipped Windows desktop PCs in the cloud—the most efficient and cost-effective solution for remote and hybrid working.

Join thousands of organizations who are future-proofing their IT departments with MessageOps, a division of Sirius (a CDW company), by switching to embracing Windows 365 – speak to one of our experts.

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