New Windows 365 solutions will better support hybrid workers – Technology Record
Alice Chambers |
Microsoft focused on three business trends to develop its latest roadmap for Windows 365: the need for more flexible work arrangements, the pressure to increase productivity, and less time to complete work.
Building on the generally available Windows 365 Frontline, which allows three employees to share a single Windows 365 license to access their dedicated Windows accounts on any device from anywhere, Microsoft has developed the Windows 365 Switch, Windows 365 Boot, and Windows 365 Dock concept to enable workers to access accounts Their Windows 365 through the cloud instead of your PC.
Windows 365 Switch – available in public preview – will allow users to view their cloud PCs alongside other existing PC or company experiences.
“Customers will be able to swipe or move between their on-premises devices and the cloud,” said Sam Duncan Brown, chief sales officer, EMEA, Global Black Belt team for Windows 365 and cloud-managed endpoint services at Microsoft. Microsoft Cloud Endpoint Live Webinar. “This way, they can easily move between a device from their employer and a cloud environment from the customer.”
Windows 365 Switch enables employees to switch between their cloud PC view and their physical desktop (Credit: Microsoft)
Also available in public preview is Windows 365 Boot, which will enable users to boot directly into Windows 365 from the device. “This will be useful for computers that you (IT teams) want to redistribute throughout the organization,” Duncan Brown said. “Users can log in directly to the cloud computer and then disconnect when they leave, without leaving any data crossed.”
Additionally, the Windows 365 Dock concept will allow workers to use their phones to authenticate themselves to access their cloud computers via the screen. “The phone can be used to plug directly into a device and log people directly into Windows 365,” Duncan Brown said. The concept is a remote desktop concept that has the ability to connect flexible workers to a computer quickly and securely.
Customers can also use the remote desktop app for employees to access their cloud computers from their mobile phones and tablets and connect to the monitor setup.
“Windows 365 is expanding all the time to include a lot of other use cases,” Duncan Brown said. “It’s not just a standard use case, and it certainly won’t be in the future. Windows 365 is the future of Windows.”