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Learn more about Windows 10 in cloud config, including a step-by-step guide covering how to deploy and manage Windows 10 devices to be cloud optimized directly from Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Many organizations are challenged with managing devices for frontline, remote, and other workers with more focused needs.
Cloud config provides an easy way to apply a uniform set of configurations to Windows 10 devices that transforms them into streamlined, easy-to-manage endpoints.
Pre-configure new Windows 10 devices so they are ready to go for first time use, or repurpose existing Windows 10 hardware to extend its lifetime.1
Standardized configuration reduces IT administrative overhead and helps save time in deploying and managing endpoints via Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Windows 10 is designed to be secure and the Windows 10 endpoint security settings add a layer of protection and monitoring.
Deliver a familiar Windows experience along with collaboration, browsing, and the flexibility to add other productivity and essential line of business apps.
Windows 10 devices are the foundation for cloud config. Designed to be the foundation of the modern workplace, Windows 10 Pro has the business tools your team needs to work smart.1
Workers are enrolled with Azure Active Directory for an easy single sign-on experience and secure access to company applications and resources.
Use Microsoft Endpoint Manager for endpoint security, device management, and intelligent cloud actions.
Configure devices with Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Teams, and data storage in Microsoft OneDrive. Optionally install Microsoft 365 apps and essential line of business apps, delivered directly or through desktop/app virtualization.
Simply put, cloud configuration is a Microsoft-recommended device configuration for Windows 10, cloud-optimized for users with specific workflow needs. IT admins use Microsoft Endpoint Manager to apply a standard, cloud-based, easy-to-manage configuration of Windows 10 to a selected set of new or existing devices. The configuration works on devices running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise and may be appropriate for workers who only need a limited number of IT-curated and approved applications to meet their targeted workflow needs. User accounts are registered in Azure Active Directory and devices are enrolled for cloud management in Intune so they are automatically updated with continuous product and security updates.
No. Cloud configuration is NOT a new version, edition, or mode of Windows so there is no dependency on new hardware, and there are no operating system restrictions to worry about. In short, cloud config is a standardized, easy-to-manage configuration that can be applied to devices PC running Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education. It is deployed using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Any supported semi-annual channel version of Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education can be used. Please see the Overview and Setup Guide for details.
Cloud config may be appropriate for anyone whose role can be performed with some combination of browser, Microsoft Teams, email, optional productivity apps, and a limited number of internal line of business applications delivered directly to the device or through desktop/app virtualization. This standardized configuration can be used for many different scenarios such as standardizing device configuration across departments, enabling remote work with virtualization and a simple device configuration, or empowering students and teachers.
Cloud configuration is ready to go today and can be deployed to any devices for which you have a valid Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education license. Similar to how Windows 10 devices are managed today, cloud config can be applied, removed, and changed anytime using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Today, this configuration requires a manual set of actions as recommended in the Overview and Setup Guide. Microsoft is continually looking at ways to improve on the experience to make it even easier to configure and deploy.
1. Windows 10 in cloud configuration can be deployed to devices running Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education.
2. Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management based on our Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute in the Unified Endpoint Management market. Read the report.
3. Subscription sold separately.