Windows 365

Is Windows 365 the right option for your hybrid work needs?

Windows 365 is Microsoft’s complete software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, streaming a personalised Windows experience – apps, content, and settings – to any device. With per-user, per-month pricing, Windows 365 is offered via Business (300 seat cap) and Enterprise plans.

Windows 365 is for organisations of all sizes that need secure and agile hybrid work solutions for elastic workforces, distributed employees, or specialized workloads with versatile computing and storage capabilities, accessible on any device. From contractors and interns to software developers and industrial designers, Windows 365 enables a variety of new scenarios for the new world of work.

Windows 365 has been designed as a simple solution to meet the needs in particular of a remote or hybrid workforce. While Azure Virtual Desktop offers a flexible cloud virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform that securely delivers virtual desktops and remote apps with maximum control, Windows 365 is a complete SaaS platform optimized for simplicity and predictable per-user pricing.

READ MORE: Azure Virtual Desktop and the move to hybrid

Microsoft is committed to ensuring your apps work on the latest versions of their software, and Windows 365 was built with compatibility in mind. Apps that worked on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10—and soon, Windows 11—also work on Windows 365. If you experience issues with your apps, Microsoft will help you fix them at no cost with an eligible subscription through the Fast Track App Assure program.

Businesses can choose the right option to fit their secure hybrid work needs. Windows 365 is available in two editions: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise.

The Business edition offers a simpler management experience for small and medium businesses and is a useful option for SMBs with existing Microsoft 365 subscriptions. However, larger organisations using Microsoft Endpoint Manager should be looking at the Enterprise option. A detailed comparison between features and capabilities is here.