Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise Cloud PC

Let’s have a quick comparison of Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise versions. The Windows 365 Business is the version of Windows 365 specifically targeted at smaller companies (up to 300 seats). I think the commercial use cases of Cloud PC are also going to be a great segment of interest.

Microsoft’s Windows 365 Cloud PC offering gives organizations an easy, streamlined way of providing Cloud PCs to their users. With Windows 365 Cloud PCs, you can stream your apps, data, content, settings, and storage from the Microsoft cloud.

Windows 365 is a cloud service that introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11. Windows 365 is part of MEM Intune Portal. All the admin workloads related to Cloud PC are part Endpoint Manager portal. More details Cloud PC Windows 365 FAQs Frequently Asked + Questions AMA.

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Windows 365 Enterprise Vs Business

Windows 365 offers in two editions. Windows 365 Enterprise and Windows 365 Business.

  • Windows 365 Business is made specifically for use in smaller companies (up to 300 seats) who want ready-to-use Cloud PCs with simple management options.
  • Windows 365 Enterprise is for larger companies who want unlimited seats for creating Cloud PCs. It includes options to create custom Cloud PCs based on device images that you create, more management options, and full integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

How to Select Windows 365 Subscription

The biggest question is how to select which subscription of Windows 365 is suitable for your organization? Microsoft’s recommendation is to use –

  • Windows 365 Business – Organizations with up to 300 employees
  • Windows 365 Enterprise – Organizations with more than 300 employees

Prerequisites – Windows 365 Business

There are no licensing prerequisites to set up Windows 365 Business.

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Buy Windows 365 Business Subscriptions

There are two different ways in which you can buy Windows 365 Business subscriptions for your users:

If you don’t already have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can buy your Windows 365 Business subscriptions on the Windows 365 products site. Use the following steps to buy a Windows 365 Business subscription through the Windows 365 products page.

Get Windows 365 Business Trial License

You will need to log in Microsoft 365 Admin center portal to purchase licenses or get a trial version of Windows 365 Business. Let’s follow the process below to complete the trial license purchase.

  • Login to https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal/Home?#/catalog with administrative access.
  • Click on Windows 365 category from View by category menu.
  • Click on the Details button from Windows 365 Business section.
Get Windows 365 Business Trial License - Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise
Get Windows 365 Business Trial License – Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise

Choose a plan below based on your processing, RAM, and storage needs. The plan available for Windows 365 Business trial version is 2 vCPU, 8GB, 128 GB. The subsequent trial of Windows 365 Business includes a 1-month trial version for free with the plan 2 vCPU, 8 GB, 128 GB.

You will need to click on the Start Free Trial button to start the one-month free trial version.

Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise
Get Windows 365 Business Trial License – Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise
  • The option lets you confirm the Windows 365 Business Trial version by clicking on the Try Now button.
Check out – confirm your order.
Windows 365 Business 2 vCPU, 8 GB, 128 GB Trial | 1 month term
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  • You can check the order receipt. Important: To use your new licenses, make sure to assign them by editing users on the Users page.

Assign Windows 365 Business License to Users

You will need to assign Windows 365 Business License to user/s. You can assign the License using Microsoft 365 admin center or Azure portal. You can also use the Azure AD user group to assign Windows 365 Business licenses.

Related Posts – Extend Trial License of Windows 365 Cloud PC Assign License to Azure AD Group

Follow the step mentioned below to complete the Windows 365 Business license assignment –

  • Login into portal.azure.com portal
  • Search for Azure Active Directory.
  • Click on Licenses section and navigate to All Products.
  • You will get avaialble licenses details, Click on Windows 365 Business 2 vCU, 8 GB, 128 GB.
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Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group

Under Windows 365 Business 2 vCU, 8 GB, 128 GB | Licensed users, Click on the Licensed users tabNow you would be able to add an Azure AD user group. Click on the +Assign button.

Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise
Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group

Click + Add users and groups button and search Azure AD group named HTMD Cloud PC Licensed Users. Click on the Select button to complete the License.

You will have to Review + Assign and Assign buttons to complete Windows 365 license assignment.

Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group
Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group

The License has been successfully assigned to the group. Here In the Members tab, you can review the added members. After licenses are assigned, There are different ways in which users can access their Cloud PCs.

Assign Windows 365 Cloud PC License using Azure AD Group
Assign Windows 365 Business License using Azure AD Group – Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise

Compare Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise

The quick analysis between Windows 365 Business Vs. Enterprise in different categories helps you to get a better idea. I have segregated the comparison into different categories.

  • General
  • License
  • Administrative Comparison
  • End-User
  • Security
  • Microsoft Support

General

Let’s check the major differences in terms of Domain join vs Azure AD join.

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
Domain JoinAzure AD joined Cloud PCsHybrid Azure AD with VNet support.
For other domain support

Purchasing and Licensing

What are the different options for purchasing Windows 365 business and enterprise subscriptions?

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
Purchase channelsWeb direct, self-service, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).Web direct, Enterprise Agreements (EA), CSP.
License assignmentMicrosoft 365 Admin Center or the Azure AD portal.Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
Licensing requirementsNo licensing pre-requirements to buy and deploy Windows 365 Business. Other features (like device management) can be used if users are licensed for Microsoft Endpoint Management.Each user must be licensed for Windows 10 or 11 Enterprise (when available), Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Azure AD P1.
Networking costsOutbound data/month is based on the RAM of the Cloud PC:
– 2 GB RAM = 12 GB outbound data
– 4 or 8 GB RAM = 20 GB outbound data
– 16 GB RAM = 40 GB outbound data
– 32 GB RAM = 70 GB outbound data
Data bandwidth may be restricted when these levels are exceeded.
Networking goes through the customer’s Azure VNet and isn’t included in the License. Azure bandwidth pricing applies to these network usage costs.
Seat limitsCapped to 300 seats per tenant. No seat cap per tenant. 

Administrative

What are the differences between admin experiences of Windows 365 Cloud PC business vs enterprise?

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
ProvisioningProvisioning is simplified and uses default configurations.
Cloud PCs are automatically provisioned with a standard image after a Cloud PC license is assigned.
Provisioning is configurable and customizable to the needs of the organization.
Admins set up the VNet, configure user permissions (local admin or not), and assign the policy to an Azure AD group.
Cloud PCs are then provisioned by using standard gallery images or custom images (admin choice).
Policy managementNot Supported.Group Policy Objects (GPO) and Intune MDM are supported.
Application deploymentSupported only if you have Intune license.Supported.
Windows updatesDefault Windows Update for Business settings is configured for users. With an Intune license, these can be edited.It can be managed by using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Device managementDevice management is limited to assigning and unassigning Cloud PC licenses in the Microsoft Admin Center. Some device management is possible in Microsoft Endpoint Manager if you have an Intune license, but Cloud PCs will not be visible in the Windows 365 blade.Microsoft Endpoint Manager, admin center options, include image management, link, access on-premises resources, granular targeting of policies, resizing Cloud PCs, other user experience settings, and all the policy-based management options available to physical devices.
MonitoringNot supported.Endpoint Analytics reporting and monitoring, service health, and operational health alerts.
TroubleshootingNot supportedMicrosoft Endpoint Manager troubleshooting includes the Troubleshooting blade, device management actions, and reprovisioning Cloud PCs to their initial state.
Partner/programmatic accessNot supportedPartners can manage Cloud PCs through Microsoft 365 Lighthouse or restful web APIs (Graph) to support Managed Service Provider tooling for up to 300 seats.

End User

What are the end-user experience differences between Cloud PC Business Vs Enterprise versions?

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
ManagementUsers can restart, reset, rename, and troubleshoot their Cloud PCs on the Windows 365 homepage.Users can restart, rename, and troubleshoot their Cloud PCs on the Windows 365 homepage.
RoleBy default, each user is assigned the Local Administrator role on their Cloud PC. This supports the native installation of Win32 apps. The Global Administrator can’t change this.By default, each user is assigned a standard user role on their Cloud PC. This can be changed by the admin in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
AccessUsers can access their Cloud PC at windows365.microsoft.com or by using Microsoft Remote Desktop.Users can access their Cloud PC at windows365.microsoft.com or by using Microsoft Remote Desktop.
PlatformAny platform that supports Microsoft Remote Desktop clients. Any platform that supports Microsoft Remote Desktop clients.

Security

What are the main differences between security implementations between Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise versions?

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
Conditional AccessConditional Access policies can be deployed only by using Azure AD with an Azure AD P1 license.Conditional Access policies can be deployed by using the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center or Azure AD.
Per-user multi-factor authentication (MFA)Only MFA using Azure AD Conditional Access is supported. Legacy per-user MFA is not supported.Supported.
Security baselinesNot supported.Dedicated Security Baselines can be edited and deployed by using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Microsoft Defender for EndpointSupported if the customer separately has the requisite E5 License.Integration with Defender for Endpoint. If the customer has an E5 license, all Cloud PCs will respond to Defender for Endpoint policies and show up in MDE dashboards.

Support

What are the different Microsoft support scenarios available between Windows 365 Business Vs Enterprise version?

CapabilityWindows 365 BusinessWindows 365 Enterprise
Support channelsSupport tickets can be filed through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.Support tickets can be filed through Microsoft Endpoint Manager (recommended) and the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

Author

About Author – Jitesh has over 5 years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus area is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

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