Two recent feature drops from the Microsoft team, Windows 365 Boot and Windows 365 Switch, are here to increase efficiency in different aspects of the user experience. For those who work in unique and diverse scenarios, contract with multiple businesses, or work in a Bring your own device (BYOD) environment, Switch and Boot are prospectively game changing. Let’s dive in and explore the specifics of each and their potential to heighten productivity.


What is Windows 365 Boot?

Windows 365 Boot is a collaborative solution developed with Windows to seamlessly integrate into the Windows 11 log-on experience. With this feature, users can boot directly into their cloud PC without going through a local shell.

This means that the traditional local operating system is bypassed, offering a more streamlined and efficient log-on process. This exclusive feature is available only for Windows 365 users, providing a unique and tailored experience.


What is Windows 365 Switch?

The Windows 365 Switch feature focuses on improving the switching experience between local and cloud environments. This is achieved by making the switching process accessible from the local Windows task queue.

Users can initiate the switch from the desktop’s task queue, located next to the search text field on the taskbar. By seamlessly integrating the switching experience at the local level, Windows 365 aims to enhance the overall user workflow.


How does Windows 365 Boot Boost Productivity?


Windows 365 Boot touts a streamlined log-on process, reducing wait time and integrating smoothly with cloud PCs.  

  • Reduced Wait Time: By integrating directly into the Windows 11 log-on experience, Windows 365 Boot eliminates the need to go through a local shell. Users can boot directly into their cloud PC, reducing the time it takes to access their virtual desktop. This streamlined process is particularly valuable for users who prioritize quick and efficient log-on experiences.
  • Seamless Integration: The integration of Windows 365 Boot ensures a seamless transition from the log-on screen to the cloud PC environment. This not only saves time but also provides a more cohesive and user-friendly experience, ultimately contributing to increased efficiency in starting work promptly.


How does Windows 365 Switch Boost Productivity?

Windows 365 Switch provides bidirectional capability to enable a seamless and convenient experience for users, particularly in scenarios involving the use of personal devices. With efficient workflows for BYOD scenarios, multi-desktop management capabilities and task que accessibility, Windows 365 enables elevated productivity for users.


  • Task Queue Accessibility: Making the switching experience available from the local Windows task queue enhances accessibility. Users can initiate the switch from a familiar and easily accessible location, next to the search text field on the taskbar. This reduces the complexity of the switching process and allows users to seamlessly transition between local and cloud environments.
  • Efficient Workflow for BYOD Scenarios: The round-tripping carousel experience, facilitated by Windows 365 Switch, allows users to bootstrap into their cloud PC from the task queue and connect back to their local PC. In scenarios such as bring your own device (BYOD), where users may need to switch between different environments frequently, this bidirectional capability streamlines the workflow and increases overall efficiency.
  • Multi-Desktop Management: The ability to smoothly switch between different desktops familiar keyboard commands, is particularly beneficial for consultants or individuals working with multiple organizations. This feature enables users to manage multiple cloud PC sessions with ease, contributing to a more efficient and organized desktop management experience.



Both Windows 365 Boot and Windows 365 Switch reduce friction for those accessing and transitioning between cloud and local environment. Together, the updates provide Windows 365 users a more efficient and productive computing experience.


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Andrew Reade