In this blog post, we will explore the deployment options for the “Windows App“, which is utilized for securely connecting to Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Box, Remote Desktop Services, and Remote PCs.
You can use the Windows App on various types of devices across different platforms and form factors, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Additionally, it is accessible through a web browser. When utilizing a web browser on a desktop or laptop, you can establish connections without the need to download and install any software.
“Windows App” is available on Windows, macOS, iOS and iPadOS, and web browsers. Windows App allows you to connect to your Windows devices hosted on the below platforms:
- Azure Virtual Desktop
- Windows 365
- Microsoft Dev Box
- Remote Desktop Services
- Remote PC
Please note that this app is currently in preview mode. It is recommended to deploy it on test devices to assess its features and prepare for the production deployment when the app becomes generally available (GA).
You can connect to Remote Desktop Services and a Remote PC using “Windows App” installed on macOS or iOS/iPadOS but Microsoft doesn’t support these connections.Note
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Features of Windows App
The Windows App is designed to access various services and remote PCs from a single place. Additionally, you can easily switch between multiple accounts while using this app. Let’s explore some of its features.
- Multiple monitor support.
- Custom display resolutions.
- Dynamic display resolutions and scaling.
- Device redirection, such as webcams, audio, storage devices, and printers.
- Microsoft Teams optimizations.
- Switching between multiple accounts.
- Pin favorites remote access connections.
To know more about Windows App, please refer to Microsoft Documentation link: What is Windows App.
Download Windows App
The Windows App can be installed on Windows, macOS, iOS, and iPadOS devices. You can use the links below corresponding to each platform to download the app and Install it.
|Windows App Download Link
|Download Windows App from Microsoft Store
|Download Windows App from TestFlight
|Download Windows App from TestFlight
However, for the mass deployment of the Windows App on organization devices managed by Intune, the easiest option is to use the Microsoft Store App (new) method. Let’s review the steps:
Install “Windows App” using Intune
To Install Windows App using Intune, follow below steps:
- Sign in to the Intune admin center
- Go to Apps > All apps > Click on + Add and then Select the App type as Microsoft Store app (new), Click on the Select button to proceed.
- Click on the “Search the Microsoft Store app (new)” link and search for the Windows App. You will find multiple options to choose from. Select the one with the name “Windows App” and click on the “Select” button to proceed.
App Information Tab
Most of the information will be fetched automatically from this UWP App. Please note that only Name, Description, and Publisher Information are mandatory, and the rest of the information is optional. You can leave it as is or add/change some of the information if you want. For example:
- Install behavior – We are going to leave this as “User” to deploy it in the User Context. However, if you want to deploy this app in a System Context, then you can change the option to “System“. Changing it to “System” will install the app for all users on the target devices.
- Logo – You can download the Windows App logo and upload it so that the app displays on the Company Portal with the logo you provided here.
In the “Assignments” tab, you can assign this app to an “Entra security group” that includes your organization’s users or devices. Begin with a Test Group, and once the testing is successful, you can return to the “App Assignments” section and add a Production Entra security group containing business users or devices.
Alternatively, you can also click on the + Add all users or + Add all devices link to Add all users or Add all devices registered in Entra ID.
We have added the group under the “Required” section as we want this app to be installed automatically and as soon as possible. There are other assignment options available; please find them below:
- Required: Required apps are installed automatically on enrolled devices.
- Available for enrolled devices: Available for enrolled devices apps are displayed in the Company Portal app and website for users to optionally install.
- Uninstall: Apps with this assignment are uninstalled from managed devices in the selected groups if Intune has previously installed the application onto the device via an “Available for enrolled devices” or “Required” assignment on the same deployment.
Review + create
Review the deployment summary and click on Create to create the deployment.
Sync Intune Policies
The device check-in process might not begin immediately. If you’re testing this policy on a test device, you can manually kickstart Intune sync either from the device itself or remotely through the Intune admin center.
Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to force the Intune sync on Windows devices. Another way to trigger the Intune device check-in process is by restarting the device.
Monitoring Deployment Progress
To monitor the deployment progress of a Device configuration profile, follow below steps:
- Sign in to the Microsoft Intune admin center.
- Click on “Devices” and then select “Configuration profiles“
- Choose the Device Configuration profile you want to work with, and at the top of the page, you’ll see a quick view of the Success, Failure, Conflict, Not Applicable, and In Progress status.
- Click on “View report” to access more detailed information.
After the deployment has been completed successfully, you can search for the Microsoft Windows App in the Start Menu and launch to start using the app.
- After the app has been launched, you will see the “Welcome to Windows App” page. Click on “Next” to proceed with the configuration and adding remote connections.