Windows 365: Why End User Experience is More Important Than Ever
Last week Microsoft announced Windows 365, a new cloud service that introduces an innovative way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when W365 is generally available later this calendar year) for workers of all types, from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience—including all your apps, data, and settings—to your personal or corporate devices. This approach creates a fully new personal computing category, specifically for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.
Full experience in the cloud on any device
Similar to how they have embraced the cloud for other products, Microsoft’s vision for a Windows 365 Cloud PC is to deliver a new way to experience Windows through the power of the cloud—while solving both novel and traditional challenges for organizations. This new paradigm is not just about allowing and securing remote access. The paradigm goes much further. Now, the end user experience is more important than ever for attracting and retaining talent, improving productivity, and ensuring security. Access a free 14-day trial to begin monitoring your end user experience.
Greater simplicity with familiar tools
For IT pros, Microsoft built Windows 365 to be consistent with how you currently manage your physical devices . Your Cloud PCs show up right alongside your physical devices in Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and you can apply management and security policies to them just as you do to all your other devices.
Cloud security powered by Zero Trust
With a focus on a Zero Trust architecture, Windows 365 also helps solve for today’s critical security challenges by design, because it stores and secures information in the cloud, not on the device. Multifactor authentication (MFA) works to explicitly verify any login or access attempt to a Cloud PC through integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). The user and admin experiences are designed around the principle of least privileged access. For example, you can delegate specific permissions, like licensing, device management, and Cloud PC management using specific roles, so you do not need to be a global administrator.
The ability to work whenever, however, and wherever that work is needed has become the new normal. All employees want technology that’s familiar, easy to use, and available across devices. And in the most complex cybersecurity environment we have ever seen, businesses need a hybrid work solution that helps their employees collaborate, share, and create while also keeping their data safe and secure. End user experience and hybrid work are the new business and IT priorities.
Windows 365 will be available on August 2, 2021, to organizations of all sizes.
Office 365 End User Experience Monitoring and Reporting
To ensure your Office 365 collaboration goals are met, monitoring usage and adoption is just the start. Put your users at the heart of your monitoring strategy by measuring their ability to perform essential tasks within key Office 365 applications.
AmyKelly Petruzzella is a marketing executive who focuses on Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Active Directory trends, challenges, and business outcomes for enterprises. Over the years, AmyKelly regularly engages with Gartner industry analysts, and she has been recognized several times for Top 50 Microsoft Marketing Excellence. She is a frequent speaker and blogger and an industry veteran who advocates for women in technology.
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