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Why am I looking forward to Windows 365 integration in Windows 11?

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Microsoft is attempting to make the lives of hybrid and remote workers easier.

In 2021, Microsoft released Windows 365. Businesses can use the cloud-based service to broadcast a version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 to a web browser from anywhere. Microsoft will now incorporate Windows 365 into Windows 11 via the virtual desktop component of the operating system, making hybrid work a simpler and more enticing alternative for some.

And I’m in favor of it. During the global COVID-19 outbreak, I, like many others, had to work from home. I’ve switched to hybrid work now that things have calmed down. I work from home sometimes and in the office on other occasions. It’s been quite straightforward for me to go between the two jobs because we utilize Google for practically all work-related tasks.

However, the changeover isn’t always seamless, particularly when I neglect to upload local files to Google Drive. This issue could be solved if I could use my Windows 11 PC at home from my work computer (or vice versa), which is why I’m looking forward to Microsoft merging Windows 365 cloud PCs into Windows 11.

I’ll go over the new Windows 365 capabilities that are being merged into Windows 11 and how they appear to benefit remote/hybrid workers in the sections below.

Windows 365 Boot

Instead of logging into a local version of Windows, Windows 365 Boot allows you to log immediately onto a Cloud PC at launch. This capability is available for machines that are shared by several persons or for employees who bring their own devices to work. You can even set the Cloud PC as the device’s primary Windows instance.

I should be able to get immediately into my Windows 11 PC from my work laptop using this capability. Despite the fact that I can access files remotely via Google Drive, some files – particularly photographs I use in my tales – are only on my own computer. Making my home PC my primary machine, whether I’m at home or at work, would most likely increase my productivity.

Microsoft also plans to release a native Windows 365 app for Windows 11 that will perform a similar purpose. This native program will allow you to visit a Windows 365 cloud PC running Windows 11 without needing to launch a browser from your desktop, Start Menu, or Task Bar.

Windows 365 Switch

This feature, as its name suggests, allows you to move between a local desktop and a cloud PC running Windows 365. It will be integrated into Windows 11 Task View and will function similarly to Task Switcher (aka Alt+Tab) in Windows, with the same keyboard instructions and swiping movements.

If you need to switch between your cloud PC and your local PC rapidly, this option is ideal. It will come in handy if you need to transfer a file from one machine to another. Granted, if you typically use a single machine with Windows 365 Boot, you may not need this function, but if you prefer to save larger files (such as films) on a PC with more storage, Windows 365 Switch can help.

Windows 365 Offline

Another future feature is Windows 365 Offline, which is self-explanatory. To put it another way, you can use Windows 365 even if you’re not connected to the internet. The Cloud PC will immediately resync with the Windows 365 service whenever connectivity is restored, with no data loss.

I don’t think I need to go into great detail about why this functionality is so important. After all, the last thing you want is to lose all of your work because the internet goes down unexpectedly. Windows 365 Offline will save you a lot of time and aggravation.

Outlook
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Outlook

The deeper integration of Windows 365 into Windows 11 isn’t something that the ordinary Windows user will require or even notice. These new features will undoubtedly be welcome if you’re a remote or hybrid worker who uses Windows or has used Windows 365 since last year.

Despite the fact that I have a great hybrid work setup employing Google’s multiple platforms, Microsoft’s cloud integration initiatives pique my interest. Given how common Windows is in most businesses, both large and small, it’s encouraging to see Microsoft introducing services that make it easier for Windows 11 customers to get work done no matter where they are.

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