23 September 2021
As promised, Microsoft has revealed Windows 365 plans and pricing details as it becomes available for everyone. There are two editions of the cloud-based operating system service: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. These plans start at just $20 per month (per user) and go all the way up to $162 per month.
Windows 365 Business edition is said to be easy to set up and deploy with online management through a dedicated portal. It can be purchased by anyone by using a credit card. However, it puts a limit of up to 300 users which means it is mainly for small organizations. If it is bought along with the Windows Hybrid benefit, Microsoft will offer up to a 16% discount on monthly plans to existing Windows 10 Pro users.
As for the Enterprise edition, it comes with centralized end-to-end management through Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Microsoft says it can be used by only those users who have a Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 11 Enterprise, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Azure Active Directory P1 license. And yes, there is no user cap applicable on this edition as it offers unlimited users.
The exact pricing of your Windows cloud PC will depend on the specific edition and configuration. The cheapest Windows 365 plan i.e. $20 per month per user will get you a single-core virtual CPU aka vCPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB storage space. If you want to go for the most expensive plan, Microsoft will offer you an octa-core vCPU with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for a monthly fee of $162 per user.
For the uninitiated, Windows 365 is a cloud-based service that will allow users to stream Windows on almost any modern device. These include the likes of PCs, Macs, iPads, and even smartphones. All your work progress will be saved and synced across all devices so that you can resume from anywhere.