Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows 11 and the beginning of its deployment to update machines with Windows 10 operating systems, installation through ISO images, running in virtual machines and delivering to OEMs as the reference version for pre-installation on new machines.
In addition to the launch of the client version, Microsoft will use the new version in other services such as Windows 365 Enterprise, the version for large companies of Microsoft’s “PC in the cloud”, which allows, under a monthly payment and in different hardware configurations, access to a complete Windows environment through a web browser and from any device or operating system.
In this way, when a company uses Windows 365 Enterprise you can select Windows 11 (or Windows 10) as the desired operating system. The configuration and size options of the Cloud PC have not changed and the new system will be able to run on hardware configurations with 2 CPUs and 4 Gbytes of RAM or higher.
Simply, the different wallpaper will make it easier for end users to distinguish between cloud PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11, assigned in the Windows 365 end-user portal. Of course, the user will be able to take advantage of the improved experience that have been implemented in terms of interface, visual enhancements, multiple desktops or widgets.
Microsoft also highlights the improved safety baseline since Windows 11 enforces a set of requirements such as specific CPUs, the TPM version 2.0 module or a UEFI with secure boot. As you would expect from a ‘in house’ service, Windows 365 will support all hardware requirements as part of the new baseline configuration for Cloud PC. The existing line in Microsoft Endpoint Manager is also compatible with Windows 11 and can be used to optimize security.
The Windows 11 image offered by Windows 365 Enterprise includes the same Pre-installed and configured applications than what is offered with Windows 10. Microsoft also supports creating custom Windows 11 images if IT administrators deem it.
Organizations that prefer to use custom images instead of Windows 365 Cloud PC gallery images can continue to do so. When preparing a new version, however, they must change the virtual machine (VM) type from Gen1 to Gen2 as the source image. This is necessary to get the cloud PC ready for Windows 11 on-site updates.
For those organizations that need to re-provision their PCs in the cloud, due to the use of the OneDrive Known Folder Move as one of the standard services, the process will be perfect. End users’ personal data will be automatically backed up and restored after the replenishment process, simply by having a OneDrive license.
Microsoft has also announced that in the coming weeks to launch full Windows 11 support for its small and medium-sized business service, Windows 365 Business, along with a new administration and management experience that, as in the Enterprise version, will allow the selection of Windows 10 or Windows 11.
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