Microsoft Sends Windows to the Cloud with Windows 365
Microsoft has added another tool to ease the balance between office and remote work that undoubtedly will last long after the pandemic has subsided. Microsoft is putting Windows in the cloud via Windows 365, a new service that will let businesses access cloud PCs from anywhere by streaming a version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 in a web browser.
Windows 365 will work on any web browser through Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app, allowing users to access their cloud PC from a variety of devices. This instant access lets employees stream their Windows session with their same apps, tools, data and settings across Macs, iPads, Linux machines and Android devices.
Windows 365 will only be available to businesses when it launches Aug. 2 for a per-user monthly subscription cost. Although exact pricing has not been released yet, Windows 365 is designed for one-person shops all the way through enterprises with thousands of employees.
Windows 365 will have two editions – 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 64 GB of storage at the low end. The service maxes t with eight CPUs, 32GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
A couple of attractive features of Windows 365 are the ability to create cloud PCs in minutes and assign them to employees and avoiding the need for dedicated physical hardware. These capabilities are key for businesses hiring remote workers or temporary contract staff that need to securely access a corporate network. Since the entire Windows PC is in the cloud, employees would not need to navigate VPNs or worry about cybersecurity on personal devices.
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