Posted On: Mar 21, 2023

Amazon Web Services announces the ability to run Windows 11 operating system on your Amazon Workspaces hosted on hardware that is dedicated to you in the AWS Cloud. To do this, you must Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and provide a Windows 11 license. You can now offer a consistent desktop experience to your users when they switch between on-premise and virtual desktop deployments. Earlier, BYOL option was only available for Windows 10 operating system. While Windows Server 10 BYOL WorkSpaces are still supported, you can now choose to run WorkSpaces powered by Windows 11 and benefit from new features such as Trust Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0), and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot. Windows 11 is supported for Standard, Performance, Power and PowerPro bundles. For the best experience with video conferencing we recommend using Power or PowerPro bundles only.

To take advantage of this option, your organization must meet the licensing requirements set by Microsoft, and you must commit to running a minimum number of WorkSpaces in a given AWS region each month. To learn more about this option and the eligibility requirements, please see the Amazon WorkSpaces BYOL documentation and FAQs on the BYOL. 

Windows 11 BYOL WorkSpaces are now available in 14 AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), South America (São Paulo), Africa (Cape Town), and AWS GovCloud (US-West).