13 July 2021
Microsoft has announced Windows 365 as a cloud-based desktop streaming service. It will allow users to stream a virtual Windows 10 or Windows 11 running PC from anywhere and on any device. It is a subscription-based offering and is meant for businesses to give them the flexibility of working remotely with ease.
It is officially referred to as Cloud PC as well. One of the benefits of the service is the ability to start working on one device and finishing it on a completely different device. The cloud-based technology supports syncing so that users can pick up from the exact point they left. These virtual desktops will be available in a total of 12 configuration options so that they can suit the business requirements the best.
The base model features a single CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The high-end variant will offer eight CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of onboard storage. All of these are powered by Azure Virtual Desktop and a user can choose to upgrade or downgrade configuration as per their needs. These will be accessible through any web browser or via the official Remote Desktop app from the Microsoft team.
If you are wondering what is the difference between Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop, it is mainly related to the convenience of setup and usage. The latter has a complex setup process and is mainly required for big enterprises. On another hand, Windows 365 can be set up by anyone with ease. It will be available for a monthly fee but Microsoft will reveal those details when it becomes available i.e. August 2nd.
Jarad Spataro, CVP of Windows 365 said,
“Hybrid work has fundamentally changed the role of technology in organizations today. With workforces more disparate than ever before, organizations need a new way to deliver a great productivity experience with increased versatility, simplicity and security. Cloud PC is an exciting new category of hybrid personal computing that turns any device into a personalized, productive and secure digital workspace. Today’s announcement of Windows 365 is just the beginning of what will be possible as we blur the lines between the device and the cloud.”