Cloud configuration

Easily transform Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs into streamlined, easy-to-manage cloud endpoints.

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Simplified device configuration for hybrid work

Simplified management

Apps, users, and security all managed from the industry-leading unified endpoint management platform1.

Optimized for productivity

Access to the applications and tools that employees need to be successful.

Built-in security

Security built into Microsoft 3652 and Windows helps to protect workers, data, and company assets.

Cloud config benefits

How it works

Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices are the foundation for cloud config.

Frequently asked questions


Simply put, cloud configuration is a Microsoft-recommended device configuration for Windows 11, 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 11 to a selected set of new or existing devices. The configuration works on devices running Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 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 11 Pro, Windows 11 Enterprise, or Windows 11 Education. It is deployed using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Any supported semi-annual channel version of Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Enterprise, or Windows 11 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 11 Pro, Windows 11 Enterprise, or Windows 11 Education license. Similar to how Windows 11 devices are managed today, cloud config can be applied, removed, and changed anytime using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Use the guided scenario available from the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center or you can apply the configuration yourself manually using the steps recommended in the Overview and Setup Guide.

Additional resources

Windows 10/11 in Cloud Config

Cloud config with Windows 11

Windows Autopilot

Cloud configuration is part of a complete productivity, mobility, and security solution.

1. 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.
2. Subscription sold separately.
3. Windows 11 in cloud configuration can be deployed to devices running Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Enterprise, or Windows 11 Education.