In this guide, you’ll learn how to access Windows 365 Cloud PC. You can use two easy methods to access a remote Windows 365 Cloud PC – Windows 365 home page and Microsoft Remote Desktop client.
A Cloud PC is a highly available, optimized, and scalable virtual machine providing end users with a rich Windows desktop experience. It’s hosted in the Windows 365 service and is accessible from anywhere, on any device.
Cloud PCs are created automatically by the Windows 365 service when an end user in an appropriate Azure AD user group is assigned a Windows 365 license.
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Note: Mobile devices aren’t currently supported for using a browser to open Cloud PC. In other words, you cannot use your mobile device to access Windows 365 Cloud PC. Only the Remote Desktop app is supported on mobile devices.
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Browser
The easiest way to access a remote Cloud PC is from Windows 365 homepage using a browser:
- Launch the Edge browser or any supported browser on your PC.
- Navigate to https://windows365.microsoft.com to access Cloud PCs.
- On their Windows 365 home page, users see the Cloud PCs they have access to in Your Cloud PCs section.
- Users can select Open in browser to open their Cloud PC.
You should now see In Session Settings options where you can select the devices or features your Cloud PC can use.
User while accessing Cloud PC get the option to select Advanced Keyboard layout.
To access the Cloud PC, click Connect.
You must sign in to Cloud PC with your work credentials before you can access it. Enter the work account and click Sign In.
The below screenshot shows the login screen for Windows 365 Cloud PC.
Now you have access to your Windows 365 Cloud PC. This completes the steps to access Cloud PC from a browser using Windows 365 home page.
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop client
Another way to access Windows 365 Cloud PC is by using Remote Desktop Client. This method should be used if you prefer not to use a browser to access your Cloud PCs.
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app lets users access and control a remote PC, including a Cloud PC. Windows 365 users can download and install the Remote Desktop client from the Windows 365 home page.
Accessing Windows 365 Cloud PC using remote desktop client requires you to install the remote desktop client on a computer. When you have multiple Cloud PC users, you can deploy the client using Configuration Manager.
You can refer to the following guide to deploy remote desktop client using SCCM.
Download Remote Desktop Client for Cloud PC
Let’s begin with downloading the remote desktop app. On the Windows 365 Home page, under Quick actions, select Download Remote Desktop.
The Microsoft Remote Desktop apps are available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Let’s download the Remote Desktop for Windows. On Microsoft Remote Desktop for Windows box, click Download 64-bit and save the Remote Desktop client installer.
Installing Remote Desktop for Cloud PC
The below steps help you to install remote desktop client to access Cloud PC from your computer. Run the Remote Desktop Client installer and on the welcome screen, click Next.
Select I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next.
Choose the installation scope which determines whether you want to install the application for yourself or all users on the machine. Click Next.
The Remote Desktop setup is complete. Close the setup wizard.
Launch the Remote Desktop and Access Cloud PC
Upon launching the Microsoft Remote Desktop, you see Let’s get started window. Here there are two options presented before you can access Windows 365 Cloud PC.
- Subscribe – This is the recommended option where you can access the cloud PC with its name.
- Subscribe with URL – You can access the Cloud PC with a unique URL.
In the below example, we are going to select Subscribe to access the Cloud PC.
You should now see the Cloud PC provisioned for the logged-in user account. Double-click the Cloud PC entry.
To access the Windows 365 Cloud PC, sign in with your work account and click OK.
Using the remote desktop client, you can easily access Windows 365 Cloud PC. The below screenshot shows the Cloud PC being accessed via Remote Desktop client. The experience is very similar to that of accessing your personal PC.