Windows 10 and 11 will be streamed across various devices
Microsoft has launched Windows 365, a service that runs the operating system directly from the cloud.
Windows 365 lets users stream Windows 10 and, when it launches later this year, 11, across any device.
Microsoft has dubbed the service “cloud PC” and claims it is a “fully new personal computing category”.
Wangui McKelvey, General Manager of Microsoft 365, said: “Much like how we’ve embraced the cloud for other products, our vision for a Windows 365 Cloud PC is to deliver a new way to experience Windows through the power of the cloud—while solving both novel and traditional challenges for organisations.
“This new paradigm isn’t just about allowing and securing remote access. The user experience is more important than ever for attracting and retaining talent, improving productivity, and ensuring security”
Windows 365 has been announced as Microsoft kicks off its virtual Inspire partner conference.
The vendor said the service will see users stream the full Windows experience, including apps, data and settings.
It added that Windows 365 will have an “instant-on” boot experience and will be available across all devices, including Macs, iPads, android and Linux devices.
Windows 365 is built on Azure Virtual Desktop, but Microsoft said it has stripped away much of the complexity for users.
The cloud-based nature of the service means that users can instantly pick up where they left off when changing devices.
Business applications – including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform – will also be supported.
The service will be billed per user per month, with businesses able to choose the ‘size’ of the cloud PC that suits their needs. Two tiers will be available: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise.