Document history for WorkSpaces - Amazon WorkSpaces

Document history for WorkSpaces

The following table describes the important changes to the WorkSpaces service and to the Amazon WorkSpaces Administration Guide from January 1, 2018, onward. We also update the documentation frequently to address the feedback that you send us.

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Change Description Date

Amazon WorkSpaces webcam support

Amazon WorkSpaces now supports real-time audio-video (AV) by seamlessly redirecting local webcam video input to Windows WorkSpaces desktops using the WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP).

April 5, 2021

Amazon WorkSpaces smart card support with the WorkSpaces macOS client application

You can now use the Amazon WorkSpaces macOS client application with Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart cards. Smart card support is available on WorkSpaces using the WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP).

April 5, 2021

Amazon WorkSpaces bundle management APIs

Amazon WorkSpaces bundle management APIs are now available. These API actions support creation, deletion, and image association operations for WorkSpaces bundles.

March 15, 2021

Amazon WorkSpaces launched in Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

Amazon WorkSpaces is available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.

March 8, 2021

WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP)

The WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) is now available for both license-included (Windows Server 2016) and BYOL Windows 10-based WorkSpaces on all bundle types except for Graphics and GraphicsPro. WSP is also available for Linux WorkSpaces in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

December 1, 2020

Smart Cards

Amazon WorkSpaces now supports pre-session (login) and in-session smart card authentication on Windows and Linux WorkSpaces in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

December 1, 2020

Share Custom Images

You can now share custom WorkSpaces images across AWS accounts. After an image has been shared, the recipient account can copy the image and use it to create bundles for launching new WorkSpaces.

October 1, 2020

Cross-Region Redirection

You can now use cross-Region redirection, a feature that works with your Domain Name System (DNS) routing policies to redirect your users to alternative WorkSpaces when their primary WorkSpaces aren't available.

September 10, 2020

Subscribe to Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019 for BYOL WorkSpaces

You can now subscribe to Microsoft Office Professional 2016 or 2019 provided by AWS on Bring Your Own Windows License (BYOL) WorkSpaces.

September 3, 2020

BYOL Automation in China (Ningxia)

You can use Bring Your Own License (BYOL) automation to simplify the process of using your Windows 10 desktop licenses for your WorkSpaces in China (Ningxia).

April 2, 2020

Image Checker

The Image Checker tool helps you determine whether your Windows WorkSpace meets the requirements for image creation. The Image Checker performs a series of tests on the WorkSpace that you want to use to create your image, and provides guidance on how to resolve any issues it finds.

March 30, 2020

Migrate WorkSpaces

The Amazon WorkSpaces migrate feature enables you to migrate a WorkSpace from one bundle to another, while retaining the data on the user volume. You can use this feature to migrate WorkSpaces from the Windows 7 desktop experience to the Windows 10 desktop experience. You can also use this feature to migrate WorkSpaces from one public or custom bundle to another.

January 9, 2020

PrivateLink integration for Amazon WorkSpaces APIs

You can connect directly to Amazon WorkSpaces API endpoints through an interface endpoint in your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) instead of connecting over the internet. When you use a VPC interface endpoint, communication between your VPC and the Amazon WorkSpaces API endpoint is conducted entirely and securely within the AWS network.

November 25, 2019

Linux client for Amazon WorkSpaces

Users can now use the Linux client to access their WorkSpaces.

November 25, 2019

Amazon WorkSpaces launched in China (Ningxia)

Amazon WorkSpaces is available in the China (Ningxia) Region.

November 13, 2019

Restore WorkSpaces to last known healthy state

You can use the restore feature to roll back a WorkSpace to its last known healthy state.

September 18, 2019

FIPS endpoint encryption

To comply with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) or the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG), you can configure Amazon WorkSpaces to use Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) endpoint encryption at the directory level.

September 12, 2019

Copy WorkSpace images

You can copy your images within the same Region or across Regions.

June 27, 2019

Self-Service WorkSpace Management Capabilities for Users

You can enable self-service WorkSpace management capabilities for your users to provide them with more control over their experience.

November 19, 2018

BYOL Automation

You can use Bring Your Own License (BYOL) automation to simplify the process of using your Windows 7 and Windows 10 desktop licenses for your WorkSpaces.

November 16, 2018

PowerPro and GraphicsPro bundles

The PowerPro and GraphicsPro bundles are now available for WorkSpaces.

October 18, 2018

Monitor successful WorkSpace logins

You can use events from Amazon CloudWatch Events to monitor and respond to successful WorkSpace logins.

September 17, 2018

Web Access for Windows 10 WorkSpaces

Users can now use the web access client to access a WorkSpace running the Windows 10 desktop experience.

August 24, 2018

URI login

You can use uniform resource identifiers (URIs) to provide users with access to their WorkSpaces.

July 31, 2018

Amazon Linux WorkSpaces

You can provision Amazon Linux WorkSpaces for your users.

June 26, 2018

IP access control groups

You can control the IP addresses from which users can access their WorkSpaces.

April 30, 2018

In-place upgrades

You can upgrade your Windows 10 BYOL WorkSpaces to a newer version of Windows 10.

March 9, 2018

Earlier Updates

The following table describes important additions to the Amazon WorkSpaces service and its documentation set before January 1, 2018.

Change Description Date
Flexible compute options You can switch your WorkSpaces between the Value, Standard, Performance, and Power bundles December 22, 2017
Configurable storage You can configure the size of the root and user volumes for your WorkSpaces when you launch them and increase the size of these volumes later on. December 22, 2017
Control device access You can specify the types of devices that have access to WorkSpaces. In addition, you can restrict access to WorkSpaces to trusted devices (also known as managed devices). June 19, 2017
Inter-forest trusts You can establish a trust relationship between your AWS Managed Microsoft AD and your on-premises Microsoft Active Directory domain and then provision WorkSpaces for users in the on-premises domain. February 9, 2017
Windows Server 2016 bundles WorkSpaces offers bundles that include a Windows 10 desktop experience, powered by Windows Server 2016. November 29, 2016
Web Access You can access your Windows WorkSpaces from a web browser using WorkSpaces Web Access. November 18, 2016
Hourly WorkSpaces You can configure your WorkSpaces so that users are billed by the hour. August 18, 2016
Windows 10 BYOL You can bring your Windows 10 Desktop License to WorkSpaces (BYOL). July 21, 2016
Tagging support You can use tags to manage and track your WorkSpaces. May 17, 2016
Saved registrations Every time you enter a new registration code, the WorkSpaces client stores it. This makes it easier to switch between WorkSpaces in different directories or Regions. January 28, 2016
Windows 7 BYOL, Chromebook client, WorkSpace encryption You can bring your Windows 7 Desktop License to WorkSpaces (BYOL), use the Chromebook client, and use WorkSpace encryption. October 1, 2015
CloudWatch monitoring Added information about CloudWatch monitoring. April 28, 2015
Automatic session reconnect Added information about the auto session reconnect feature in the WorkSpaces desktop client applications. March 31, 2015
Public IP addresses You can automatically assign a public IP address to your WorkSpaces. January 23, 2015
WorkSpaces launched in Asia Pacific (Singapore) WorkSpaces is available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region. January 15, 2015
Value bundle added, Standard bundle updates, Office 2013 added The Value bundle is available, the Standard bundle hardware has been upgraded, and Microsoft Office 2013 is available in Plus packages. November 6, 2014
Image and bundle support You can create an image from a WorkSpace that you’ve customized and a custom WorkSpace bundle from the image. October 28, 2014
PCoIP zero client support You can access WorkSpaces PCoIP zero client devices. October 15, 2014
WorkSpaces launched in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) WorkSpaces is available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. August 26, 2014
Local printer support You can enable local printer support for your WorkSpaces. August 26, 2014
Multi-factor authentication You can use multi-factor authentication in connected directories. August 11, 2014
Default OU support and target domain support You can select a default Organizational Unit (OU) where your WorkSpace machine accounts are placed, and a separate domain where your WorkSpace machine accounts are created. July 7, 2014
Add security groups You can add a security group to your WorkSpaces. July 7, 2014
WorkSpaces launched in Asia Pacific (Sydney) WorkSpaces is available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region. May 15, 2014
WorkSpaces launched in Europe (Ireland) WorkSpaces is available in the Europe (Ireland) Region. May 5, 2014
Public beta WorkSpaces is available as a public beta. March 25, 2014