Microsoft’s Windows 365 gets this most requested feature
Microsoft’s Windows 365 cloud PC for enterprise is getting a new service to make it easier for administrators to onboard users through its cloud identity platform, Azure Active Directory (AAD).
AAD is at the heart of Microsoft’s identity and security services and its “join” feature to control device access is now coming to its Windows 365 Cloud PC – the managed PC service it launched last summer. for $20 to $162 per user per month for compute, memory, and storage.
AAD’s Join feature was “by far” the most requested feature by Windows 365 Enterprise users, according to Microsoft. It acts as a device trunk bridge from cloud-based Azure AD for organizations that use the on-premises variant of Active Directory. Azure AD Join allows administrators to enroll devices without on-premises AD.
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“This is by far the most requested feature since Windows 365 reached general availability,” he announced.
“With Azure AD Join as a Cloud PC join type option, you no longer need an existing Azure infrastructure to use the service, only your Azure AD users.”
The Cloud ID feature is a public preview. For now, this means admins don’t need an Azure subscription to provision Cloud PCs for their users, which can be done through the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
Microsoft is also improving the setup process for more languages to ensure Cloud PCs are available in a local language when users sign in. There are 38 local languages available for global operations.
When administrators create a provisioning policy, they can define a language and region pack to install on Cloud PCs. It is intended to speed things up for administrators who have manually installed language packs on an OS image.
Additionally, Microsoft’s Windows 365 Managed PC service has two new regions, Central US and Central-West Germany. This allows administrators to create a virtual network in these regions to open a connection to an on-premises network.