Mike Bogatyrev

Mike Bogatyrev

Technical Specialist

Windows 365 is a Cloud PC with an array of particularly interesting features. It also runs natively with the methodology of Zero Trust. Zero Trust wraps itself around Windows 365 as well as other Microsoft products bringing harmonious unity of the uninterrupted user experience. 

Zero Trust Methodology was the best security response to the rapidly changing landscape of workflows and behaviours. The pandemic hit the traditional way of working hard, forcing many people to work from home. The traditional perimeter-based approach to security was challenged and organisations began to explore the Zero Trust methodology and supporting technologies to address new ways of working. 

Windows 365, the latest technology from Microsoft, is designed to be natively integrated to work with Zero Trust model.  Let's find out more about Windows 365, learn about its capability and what new and exciting opportunities it brings to the table! 

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What is it all about?

Windows 365 is a Cloud PC with a twist. You can access this Cloud PC from any browser, any device and still have premium user experience when you use it. Even if the hardware or browser crash, your work will not be affected as it is a persistent session, and you can just come back to it when you restart your machine or your browser.

These are the main features of Windows 365:

  • Easily built Cloud PC to your specification
  • Fully managed and constantly updated by Microsoft
  • Fully accessible by the user from any device, including mobile devices
  • Natively AAD integrated
  • Natively more secure
  • Highly predictable costs
  • Elastic scaling

 

Windows 365 is one more step towards moving into a cloud hosted environment. It is making it possible to have most of the background processes managed by Microsoft leaving you focused on the actual good work you do. To be exact, you only need to manage IDs and the hardware devices from which you access this Cloud PC. The rest is taken care of: the application security, deployment, session host, operating system, network control, virtualisation control plane, not to mention physical hosting, network and physical data centres.

Each of those points has a cost associated with it which in many cases can be unpredictable.

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What would it mean to have, or to switch to Windows 365?

I believe there will be two areas where Windows 365 will make a positive difference. Those being: BYOD (Bring your own device) and greater security control through native cloud integration and eradication of shadow IT at source.

Let's look at BYOD. When the users bring their own devices and use the same operating system for work and home activities, some work-related material has left the corporate boundary and is no longer under organisational control. Windows 365 could be a perfect solution to that. It will it be a completely different PC that users access thorough their devices. This means better cloud-native security and the life of this Cloud PC too. The computer doesn’t need to be there forever either. People who join, those who move roles and those who leave will have computers which follow the same pattern. It is just as easy to terminate as it is to create or reassign the Cloud PC. Costs will reflect exactly that too.

BYOD with Windows 365 allows for you to be more open to recruitment opportunities that being either overseas employees or seasonal workers who's experience may be needed for a short period of time. By utilising Windows 365 the flexible needs would be fully covered with only operational expenses and no compromise on the quality of the software provided. The beauty of this flexible approach combined with BYOD would mean that the costs to each Windows 365 licence are predictable, And if you wish to terminate the licence and end the machine, it is possible to do so in the Microsoft 365 Admin centre.

Immediate shortages

It is not a secret that the current equipment shortages due to the aftermath of the pandemic are now affecting businesses all over the world. Organisations with aging equipment could have a great immediate solution to solve the problem of the upgrade. That way you would be able to improve the life span of the existing hardware, improve user experience, and cope with the lengthy waiting times for the new hardware to arrive. Initially taken as a temporary measure, it is most likely that you would realise the full potential of this new cloud solution. It is always up to date, always working and always available; this would mean that the IT departments will have better centralised control of their digital estates.

Although the pandemic is gradually dwindling, it is still unclear whether it will come back accompanied by world-wide strings of lockdowns and travel restrictions. With that in mind the implementation of cloud security together with cloud computing like Windows 365 would mean that your business would have minimal disruption.

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In summary...

Currently it could be either a cost-saving tool (giving an extra boost to aging equipment) or an improved secure way of working by accessing Windows 365 from any endpoint in the world. That way the security and control of the digital estate would be in a better place.

Windows 365 could find its own niche.

It could also be an ideal asset to those who are working in a constantly changing or even challenging environment, where a loss or theft of the device could have serious consequences.

Whichever direction the implementation of this exciting new Cloud PC will go, it will make a very positive impact for sure.

Originally published October 15 2021, Updated October 15, 2021

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