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Microsoft puts PCs in the cloud with Windows 365. Windows 365 is a new service that will let businesses access Cloud PCs from anywhere, streaming a version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 in a web browser.
“Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience—including all your apps, data, and settings—to your personal or corporate devices,” said Wangui McKelvey, General Manager, Microsoft 365.”This approach creates a fully new personal computing category, specifically for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.”
The Redmond-based software powerhouse, which is calling this “Cloud PC”, says its Windows 365 service allows users to store apps, files and documents, giving them access anytime on all sorts of devices. While virtualization and remote access to PCs have existed for more than a decade, Microsoft is betting on Windows 365 to offer Cloud PCs to businesses just as they shift toward a mix of office and remote work.
The service which takes advantage of Azure Virtual Desktop will be made available on August 2.
There will be two editions of Windows 365: Business and Enterprise. Both are powered by Azure Virtual Desktop, and individual Cloud PCs can be configured with a single CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage at the low-end, all the way up to eight CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Microsoft is offering 12 different configurations for both Windows 365 Business and Enterprise, and businesses will be able to scale processing power so there will be lots of options to choose from.
Microsoft calls its Windows 365 service a “new personal computing category.”