Microsoft introduces Windows 365 for cloud-based PCs

Microsoft just announce Windows 365, a cloud service that presents a new way for companies to experiment Windows 10 O Windows 11 (when available).

Windows 365 brings 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. According to Microsoft this approach “creates a whole new category of personal computing, specifically for the hybrid world: the cloud PC“.

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In this way, the possibilities of remote access are expanded for both organizations and individuals, since, for example, users can use this service to access a virtual PC configured with work applications from their home PC or from a device other than Windows, like a Mac or Linux computer, plus a tablet, either iPad or Android.

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According to the Redmond company, the new Windows 365 provides an instant start-up experience that allows users to stream all their applications, tools, data, and custom settings from the cloud to any device. The experience for users with Windows 365 will be consistent, regardless of device. Users will be able to interrupt their tasks and continue right from where they left off, since the state of the PC in the cloud remains the same, even when the user changes devices.

Windows 365 supports Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, line of business applications, and more.

When developing Windows 365 Microsoft took into account a very important design principle: Simplicity. Users will be able to choose the cloud PC size that suits them best based on performance needs. In this case, there are two cloud PC options: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise.

Regarding the task of IT administrators, Microsoft developed Windows 365 to be consistent with the way administrators manage their physical devices. Cloud PCs will appear alongside physical devices in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center, allowing you to enforce management and security policies, just as you do with all your physical devices.

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Microsoft currently offers a product that companies use to provide remote access to cloud-based Windows computers, called Azure Virtual Desktop (until a month ago called Windows Virtual Desktop).

Windows 365 is based on Azure Virtual Desktop, but with the difference that the new Windows in the cloud simplifies the virtualization experience, managing most of the details, rather than the user.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro in an interview conducted by CNBC, noted that “the experience of using Windows 10 or Windows 11 through Windows 365 will be the same as in Azure Virtual Desktop“.

Microsoft did not disclose prices on Windows 365, which it will do on August 2, when the service is generally available to organizations. What they did comment on is that organizations will be able to pay per user per month for the number of desktops they use and choose specific configurations with computing space, storage and memory for different desktops. Administrators will be able to update desktops whenever they want with just one click.

For more information you can visit the new page of Microsoft Windows 365.

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