What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10

What is the Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10? Have you noticed the Connect to Cloud option in Windows 10?

I’m very interested in the actual use of the option called “Connect to the cloud” or “Cloud Experience Host.” I tried to go through this in detail by adding two laptops to the cloud using my Microsoft Intune (Azure) ID. Connect to the cloud is for corporate-owned devices in a BYOD scenario, while Workplace Join is for personal devices in a BYOD scenario.

I suppose the “Cloud to Connect” or Cloud Experience Host option has more to do with the enterprise side of Windows 10 than the consumer side. You or your organization need an Intune or Azure subscription to join your machine to the cloud. It’s very similar to a workplace membership.

However, we already have another option in Windows 10 to perform “Workplace” join. The screenshot confirms this is another option for performing the “Workplace” join trust type.

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What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Table 1

What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10

What account should be used to perform cloud join or join your machine as a cloud experience host? This explains most of the issues when your organization uses Microsoft’s Office 365 or other business services and then uses the same username and password to sign in here.

What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.1
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.1

1) To reach the “Connect to Cloud” option, navigate to the Start menu –> Settings –> About.

SystemDetails
Product ID00261-30000-00000-AA719
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i5-4300U CPU @ 1.90GHz 2.50 GHz
Installed RAM4.00 GB
System type64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Pen and touchPen and limited touch support with 20 touchpoints
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Table 2
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.2
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.2

2) The laptop is getting ready to Cloud Experience Host

What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.3
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.3

3) Here’s a heads-up from the Cloud experience host. You’re about to enroll this PC with your organization. After enrolment, your organization will manage your PC and collect information about you (including your location).

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  • It might add or remove apps or content, change settings, disable features, prevent you from pulling your company account, or reset your PC.
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.4
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.4

4) Connecting to a service, Microsoft Intune.

What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.5
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.5

5) the machine (SCCMZ) has joined the workplace.  The “Connect to Cloud” and Join domain options are missing.

What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 - Fig.6
What is Connect to Cloud Option or Cloud Experience Host in Windows 10 – Fig.6

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Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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