4 Ways to Connect and Access Windows 365 Cloud PC

This blog post will explore various methods for connecting to and accessing Windows 365 Cloud PC. The most common methods for connecting and accessing a Cloud PC are Windows App and Web browser link: windows365.microsoft.com (W365 web client).

Additional methods include utilizing the Microsoft Remote Desktop App and LG Web OS. However, it’s important to note that these methods cannot be used if a user has been assigned a Cloud PC using the Windows 365 Frontline License. For connecting to a Windows 365 Frontline Cloud PC, only the Windows 365 app and Windows 365 web client are supported.

Below is the information table that provides the supported connection method w.r.t. the Edition of Windows 365 in use.

Windows 365 EditionWindows Appwindows365.microsoft.com
(Windows 365 Web Client)
Remote Desktop AppLG Web OS
Windows 365 BusinessYesYesYesYes
Windows 365 EnterpriseYesYesYesYes
Windows 365 FrontlineYesYesNoNo

Different Methods to Connect to a Windows 365 Cloud PC

As illustrated in the previous information table, multiple methods are available for connecting to a Windows 365 Cloud PC. The most common ones include the Windows 365 app and the Windows 365 web client. Additionally, you can use the Remote Desktop app for connection. You can connect to a Cloud PC using below methods:

  1. Using Windows App.
  2. Using Windows 365 Web Client
  3. Using Remote Desktop Client
  4. Using LG Web OS

Method 1 – Connect to Cloud PC using Windows App

Microsoft has developed a single app that can connect to various Microsoft remote desktop solutions, including Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Box, Remote Desktop Services, and Remote PCs. The Windows App allows you to connect to Windows devices and apps securely.

Windows App is compatible with Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones. It’s available to Install on Windows, macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. You can also use Windows App from a web browser if you do not want to Install the app on your device.

When connecting to a Windows 365 Cloud PC using the Windows App, you will get the following features:

  • Multiple monitor support.
  • Custom display resolutions.
  • Dynamic display resolutions and scaling.
  • Device redirection for webcams, audio, storage devices, and printers.
  • Microsoft Teams Optimizations.

Download and Install Windows App

If you can access the Microsoft Store app on your device, you can search for the Windows App in the Store and install it from there. Alternatively, if you prefer to deploy this app using the Intune admin center, refer to the step-by-step guide: Deploy Windows App using Intune.

Download and Install Windows App
Download and Install Windows App

Access Cloud PC using Windows App

To access your Windows 365 Cloud PC using Windows app, follow the below steps:

  • Search and open the Windows app using Start Menu.
Access Cloud PC using Windows App
Access Cloud PC using Windows App
  • Click ‘Sign In‘ and use your organization’s username and password. If you launch the app from a work PC, the Windows App may automatically sign in using Single Sign-On (SSO).
Access Cloud PC using Windows App
Access Cloud PC using Windows App
  • Once authenticated, navigate to the Cloud PC tab and click the ‘Connect‘ button to access it.
Access Cloud PC using Windows App
Access Cloud PC using Windows App

Method 2 – Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser

The quickest method to connect without installing any application on your device is to use a web browser and access the Windows 365 web client. In some organizations where the Microsoft Store is blocked, preventing the download of the Windows App, using a web browser to connect to Windows 365 becomes the best option.

Prerequisites

To connect to Windows 365 Cloud PC using a browser, you must meet the below requirements:

  • Supported Operating systems: Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Linux.
  • A compatible web browser: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox (v55.0 and later), or LG webOS 23.

Steps to Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser or any other browser Installed on your PC.
  2. Use the website https://windows365.microsoft.com and authenticate using the organization’s username and password.
  1. If this is your first time connecting to Windows 365 using a browser, you may be presented with a Welcome screen. Click on Next to proceed.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Click on the Next button to proceed.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Click on Get Started button.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. On the Windows 365 home page, you will see your personal and dedicated Windows 365 Cloud PC. You can click on Open in Browser to access your Cloud PC. If you click the arrow next to it, you will find another option, “Open in Remote Desktop app“. This is another option to connect to your Cloud PC.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. On the next screen, you will find In Session Settings options. Select the options that you want to use Inside your Cloud PC. For example, If you select Printer, all locally mapped printers on your device will also be visible inside your Cloud PC.
  • By default, the options below in session settings are selected for you. It is recommended that you keep these enabled/checked.
    • Printer – The locally mapped printer will be re-directed to your Cloud PC.
    • Microphone – You can utilize your local computer Microphone inside your Cloud PC.
    • Clipboard – Copy-paste between your local computer and Cloud PC. This will work if this option is checked.
    • Camera – If you want to allow Cloud PC to use the Camera from your Local device, select this option.
    • Location – Location redirection lets Cloud PCs access your approximate location safely without privacy concerns. Some of the apps require location access, for example, The weather widget or Google Maps).
    • Keyboard shortcuts – If you want to utilize keyboard shortcuts in your Cloud PC the same way you use them on your local PC, check this option as well.
  1. You may click on “Don’t show again” and click on Connect to access your Cloud PC.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  • Turn this feature On if you want an alternative keyboard layout, which could be required when using a non-standard keyboard. Click on the drop-down menu to select your preferred language inside the remote session. For example, French, Chinese, German, etc.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Click on the Sign In button.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Provide your organization’s username and password, then click Sign in button. You may be prompted for a Multi-factor authentication prompt. Complete the authentication requirements to proceed.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Once you are authenticated successfully, Your Cloud PC session will start, and you will be logged in to your Cloud PC.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
  1. Logged on to the Windows 365 Cloud PC successfully.
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser
Connect to Cloud PC using a Web Browser

Method 3 – Connect to Cloud PC using Remote Desktop Client

Windows App and Browser methods are preferable and recommended methods to connect and access the Windows 365 Cloud PC. However, you could also use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client to connect and access your Cloud PC.

The Remote Desktop Client app lets users access and control a remote PC, including a Windows 365 Cloud PC. To Install the Remote Desktop app on your device, follow the below steps:

Please note that you may require administrator rights to Install the application on your device.

  • Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop client using the link: Remote Desktop Client Installer (64-bit). For the 32-bit version and ARM64 version, click here: RDC Installers.
  • Launch the Installer and proceed with the Installation Wizard to complete the Installation process.
  • Launch the Remote desktop client and click the Subscribe button.
  • Provide the Organization’s username and password when prompted to authenticate.
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
  • The Remote Desktop service will check for all the assigned cloud resources to your account, including the Windows 365 Cloud PC. The screenshot below displays the Cloud PC assigned to me and its specifications information. Click on the Cloud PC icon to launch.
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
Access Windows 365 Cloud PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client

Method 4 – Connect to Cloud PC using LG WebOS 23

If you use LG TV with the latest webOS 23, you can connect to the Windows 365 Cloud PC. Launch the web client/browser on your LG TV and go to Home Office > Windows 365.

When you access your Cloud PC using LG TV, the below features will not be available:

  • File transfer
  • Clipboard
  • Location redirection
  • Collected error logs
  • Hardware acceleration
  • keyboard shortcuts

Conclusion

In conclusion, this blog post has highlighted various methods for connecting to Windows 365 Cloud PC, with the Windows App and web browser being the primary and most common options. Additional alternatives, such as the Microsoft Remote Desktop App and LG Web OS, were discussed, but it’s essential to note that these are incompatible with the Windows 365 Frontline License.

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