Get started with Windows 365 Business and Cloud PCs

This article is for people who plan to buy and set up Windows 365 Business for their organization.

Windows 365 Business is a version of Windows 365 that is made specifically for use in smaller companies (up to 300 seats). It gives organizations an easy, streamlined way of providing Cloud PCs to their users. With Windows 365 Cloud PCs, you can stream your apps, data, content, settings, and storage from the Microsoft cloud.

Note

Before starting, make sure that your Azure AD device settings for Users may join devices to Azure AD are set to All.

Users may join devices to Azure AD settings.

Prerequisites

There are no licensing prerequisites to set up Windows 365 Business.

For the best onboarding experience, refer to the setup troubleshooting guide. This article can help make sure you optimize your environment preferences for Windows 365 Business. For example, the guide can help you if you're using multi-factor authentication, Conditional Access policies, or Intune in your environment.

Buy subscriptions

There are two different ways in which you can buy Windows 365 Business subscriptions for your users:

After you buy a subscription, you can use the Microsoft 365 admin center to assign licenses to users in your organization.

Buy subscriptions through the Windows 365 products site

If you don't already have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can buy your Windows 365 Business subscriptions on the Windows 365 products site. Use the following steps to buy a Windows 365 Business subscription through the Windows 365 products page.

  1. On the Windows 365 Business page, select See plans and pricing.
  2. On the next page, select the subscription you want to purchase, and then select Buy now.
  3. On the Thank you for choosing Windows 365 Business page, follow the steps to set up your account.
  4. In step 5 - Confirmation details, if you're ready to assign licenses to users, select Get started to go to your Windows 365 home page.
  5. On the Windows 365 home page, in the Quick actions section, select Manage your organization. This link takes you to the Microsoft 365 admin center where you can assign licenses to users.

Users without the Global or Billing admin roles can use self-service purchase to buy a subscription for Windows 365 Business directly from the Windows 365 Business products site. A user who buys a subscription this way is granted a limited view of the Microsoft 365 admin center, where they can assign licenses for that subscription to other users in their organization. Assigning a license to another user automatically creates a Windows 365 Business Cloud PC for them, which can be accessed from the Windows 365 home page.

Note

Self-service purchase isn’t available in India or for government or education customers.

To learn more about self-service purchase, see the Self-service purchase FAQ.

Buy a subscription through the Microsoft admin center

You can use the Microsoft 365 admin center to buy a Windows 365 Business subscription for your organization if you:

  • Have a Microsoft 365 tenant.
  • Are a Global or Billing admin.

If you meet both these requirements, follow these steps:

  1. In the Microsoft admin center, go to the Billing > Purchase services page.
  2. On the Purchase services page, search for Windows 365 Business. When you find it, select Details.
  3. On the Windows 365 Business page, in the Processor/Ram/Storage Options section, use the Select a subscription menu to select a subscription for your users based on their CPU, RAM, and storage needs. See Windows 365 Business sizing options for guidance on selecting the subscription that best fits your users' needs.
  4. On the Checkout page, enter the number of subscriptions you want to buy, as well and your payment information. Then select Place Order.
  5. The You're all set! page appears confirming your purchase.

Assign licenses to users

Whether you purchased your subscriptions through the Windows 365 products site, or through the Microsoft 365 admin center, you can assign licenses to users through either:

As soon as you assign a license to a user, Windows 365 will create a Cloud PC for that user. This process can take up to 30 minutes.

You can assign different Windows 365 Business license types to a user, based on the users business need. See Windows 365 Business sizing options for guidance on which license type might be suitable for your users.

Important

The first time a Windows 365 license is assigned on your tenant, a system account called Windows 365 BPRT Permanent User is automatically created in Azure Active Directory. Do not delete this account or make any changes to it (such as changing the name or UPN). If the system account is deleted, the setup might fail. This system account ensures a smooth set up process, and doesn't have any write capabilities or access to your tenant beyond the scoped service capabilities of Windows 365 Business. If you delete this user, follow these troubleshooting steps.

How to get help

If you need to get help while setting up Windows 365 Business in the Microsoft 365 admin center, see Get help or support.

Next steps

Get users started on their Cloud PCs

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Windows 365 Business

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Windows 365 Business plan comparison

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