During July 2021, Microsoft introduced Windows 365 Cloud PC, a virtual version of the OS available in the cloud. With Windows 11 arriving at the same time, Windows 365 has kind of flown under the radar. However, in enterprise, it is proving a big success and fulfilling Microsoft's goal to bridge cloud and local work environments.
This week, the company is announcing new ways in which Windows 365 is crossing the gap between cloud and on-premises productivity. During the Windows hybrid day today, Microsoft revealed new features for the platform that works across all work scenarios.
First up is Windows 365 Boot, which allows users to log in to Cloud PC and configure it on a local machine. Microsoft explains the tool “allows different users to log in directly to their own personal and secure Windows 365 Cloud PC with their credentials.”
Microsoft also unveiled Windows 365 Switch, a new feature that makes it easy for workers to switch between their cloud and local environments via gestures, clicks, or keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft says the tool allows seamless switching similar to the Task Switcher on desktops.
There is also a new Windows 365 Offline mode, so users can continue using the service even when not online. When internet is connected, Cloud PC syncs any work that was done offline.
Windows 365 brings the Windows platform to Microsoft cloud through Azure. The platform is a secure version of Windows that includes apps, settings, and data. It is available corporate and personal devices.
Essentially, this is Windows through the cloud and accessible on any device. Microsoft uses its Microsoft Azure (Virtual Desktop) to handle the resources. Speaking of devices, Windows 365 supports Mac, iPadOS, iOS, Android, and Linux hardware.
Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they'll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.