Applications in Windows 365
As an IT admin, one of the easiest ways to get started with Windows 365 is to create Cloud PCs with default gallery images of Windows 10/11 Enterprise. After provisioning, you can customize the user experience by using Microsoft Endpoint Manager to push apps to your users’ Cloud PCs. These can include existing Windows client apps already in your Microsoft Endpoint Manager environment. Since these Cloud PC devices are enrolled in Endpoint Manager, you can treat these like any other Windows device in your environment.
The following apps are available with no need to upload:
- Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise (formerly Office 365 Pro Plus)
- Microsoft Teams
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Microsoft Edge
Supported application formats in Windows 365
The IntuneWin format is a way to pre-process Windows classic (Win32) apps. The tool converts application installation files into the intunewin format.
After you use this tool on the app installer folder, you can create an app enrollment configuration for enhanced deployment capabilities. For example, OS version dependencies and uninstall methods when you need to remove applications remotely.
If you select the most common application format (Win32), you must encapsulate the .exe or .msi file into a IntuneWin file. Windows 365 needs this as part of the App configuration set.
MSI format installers are supported by both the Line of Business and Windows app (win32) options within Intune. The latter is more enhanced for app dependencies.
MSIX is Microsoft’s new Windows app package format that provides a modern packaging experience to all Windows apps. The MSIX package format preserves the functionality of existing app packages and install files. It also enables new, modern packaging and deployment features to Win32, WPF, and Windows Forms apps.
MSIX combines the best features of MSI, .appx, App-V.
Also known as modern (UWP) apps. Files with an AppX extension added are ready for distribution and installation.
Within the Windows Store as part of Windows 10/11 Enterprise, apps are automatically distributed as AppX – UWP format.
AppX is helpful for distributing applications supported for multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones that run on Windows.
Windows 365 Cloud PCs only support the Microsoft 365 Apps version of Office. For more information about the differences between Microsoft 365 Apps and other versions of Office, see About Microsoft 365 Apps in the enterprise.
Universal Print is a modern print solution that organizations can use to simplify their print infrastructure through cloud services from Microsoft. You can use Universal Print with Windows 365 Enterprise, either natively or through one of the Universal Print partners. Legacy print-server environments are also possible to use together with Windows 365.
For information on Universal Print requirements, see Universal Print printer provisioning tool.
For information on setting up Universal Print with a Windows 365 Enterprise hybrid Azure Active Directory configuration, see Enable Hybrid AD/AAD Environment on Universal Print.