Microsoft released a new cloud service named Windows 365, and the name says it all: Windows comes entirely from the cloud. The offer starts on August 2nd and is based on Windows 10. As soon as officially available, Windows 11 will be added as an additional option.
Rumour of this service has been circulating for some time now under the keyword “Cloud PC”, and this term is also used in the official announcement. Microsoft describes the “cloud PC” as a new device category for personal computing.
The end-user does not have to be a Windows PC. Windows 365 feels at home on all devices whether Mac, iPad, Linux or Android. Access is either via the browser or via a native app. There is no data exchange between the local device and Windows 365, all data remains in the cloud.
Windows 365 is nothing more than remote desktop access to a virtual machine, so nothing that doesn’t already exist today and that basically anyone can build themselves. This is exactly the actual service that Microsoft offers with Windows 365: Customers need neither hardware nor expertise in virtualization. You click together your cloud PC with the desired performance and get started.
The Cloud PC is touted as an offer not only for large corporations but for companies of all types and sizes. There will be two editions, Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Billing is per month and user. The minimum configuration starts at 2 virtual core, 2GB RAM and 64GB storage.