What's new in Windows 365 Enterprise

Learn what new features are available in Windows 365 Enterprise.

Note

Each monthly update may take up to a week to rollout to all customers.

Week of November 1, 2021 (Service release 2110)

Device management

Improved user interface for online access to Cloud PCs

The user interface on windows365.microsoft.com has been improved with:

  • Faster load times.
  • Higher performance reliability.
  • Local resource settings (printer, microphone, clipboard).
  • Alternative keyboard settings.
  • Edit settings in-session.
  • Accessibility support.

Provisioning

Provisioning maximum timeout changed to five hours

To improve reliability, the maximum provisioning timeout has been changed to five hours.

Role-based access control

Custom Windows 365 RBAC roles in public preview

Custom Windows 365 role-based access control (RBAC) roles are now available in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. You can mix-and-match Windows 365 permissions to create custom roles for your organization's needs. You can also create both Windows 365 and Intune custom roles and give granular admin permissions to admins for both services. For more information, see Custom roles.

Week of October 11, 2021 (Service release 2109)

Device management

Resize support for preview and trial licenses

If you have a combination of paid and free trial licenses, the Resize remote action will use your paid licenses first. When those run out, it will use your trial licenses. For more information, see Resize a Cloud PC.

Device provisioning

Health check improvement

The DNS can resolve Active Directory domain health check has been improved. A new step has been added to look for the following Azure Active Directory DNS record. If it can’t be found, the check fails.

_ldap._tcp.yourDomain.com -type SRV

Role-based access control

Windows 365 Administrator role

The Windows 365 Administrator role is now available for admins by using role assignment in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for Windows. With this role, admins can broadly manage Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PCs, users, devices, and groups. This new role is in addition to the other existing roles that Windows 365 currently supports: Azure AD Global Admin, Intune Admin, and Cloud PC granular roles in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. For more information, see Role-based access control.

Week of October 4, 2021

Device management

Support for Windows 11

Windows 365 Enterprise now supports Windows 11 as a Cloud PC operating system.

Windows 11 Cloud PCs require Generation 2 (Gen2) virtual machines. For information about converting existing Generation 1 custom device images to Gen2, see Convert an existing custom device image to a generation 2 virtual machine.

Week of September 13, 2021

Device management

New PowerShell script for installing languages on custom device images

The Windows365LanguagesInstaller PowerShell script can install 38 additional languages on your custom device images. For more information, see Provide a localized Windows experience.

Week of September 6, 2021 (Service release 2108)

Device management

End grace period option

Certain conditions put a Cloud PC into a seven-day grace period. At the end of this time the Cloud PC will be deprovisioned and user will lose access.

You can now immediately end the grace period for individual Cloud PCs. By ending the grace period manually, you won’t have to wait the full seven days to remove user access from the Cloud PC.

For more information on grace periods, see End grace period.

Week of August 30, 2021

Monitor and troubleshoot

Resource performance report in Endpoint Analytics

Endpoint analytics has a new report named Resource performance. The Resource performance report includes metrics for CPU and RAM performance on Cloud PCs. For more information, see Resource performance report.

Remoting connection report in Endpoint Analytics

Endpoint analytics has a new report named Remoting connection report. This report includes the following metrics:

  • Cloud PC Sign in time (sec) provides the total time users take to connect to the cloud PC.
  • Round Trip Time (ms) provides insights on the speed and reliability of network connections from the user location.

For more information, see Remoting connection report.

Week of August 2, 2021

Windows 365 now generally available

Windows 365 is a new service from Microsoft that automatically creates Cloud PCs for your end users. Cloud PCs are a new hybrid personal computing category that use both the power of the cloud and the accessing device to provide a full and personalized Windows virtual machine. Admins can use Microsoft Endpoint Manager to define the configurations and applications that are provisioned for each user’s Cloud PC. End users can access their Cloud PC from any device and any location. Windows 365 stores the end user’s Cloud PC and data in the cloud, not on the device, providing a secure experience.

For more information about Windows 365, see Windows 365.

Next steps

For details about Windows 365 licensing, see Windows 365 pricing.