Microsoft officially has its new Windows 365 cloud PC offer At its annual Inspire conference earlier this week, and subscription service will be available to corporate customers in August. Microsoft has not yet confirmed the pricing details for all of the various configurations, but we’ve already heard that a Windows 365 cloud PC with a dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage will cost $ 31 per user. Month.
There will be 2 different versions of Windows 365 when the subscription service is available next month: Windows 365 Business will be for SMBs who are interested in deploying cloud PCs for up to 300 users, while Windows 365 Enterprise will be for larger organizations deploying cloud PCs for an unlimited number of users enables.
If Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop already enabled access to Windows through the cloud, Windows 365 promises to make this even easier for business users by removing the complexity of traditional VDI deployments and giving customers multiple configurations with one per user per month pricing . A cloud PC gives customers instant start access to a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, and this should be a really attractive proposition for any business that needs a secure environment to run Windows apps, including power hungry apps ones .
There’s currently no special Windows 365 offering for education customers, although accessing a Windows Cloud PC from an iPad or a cheap Chromebook would be a great use case. Microsoft is also ignoring consumers and Windows enthusiasts, although it makes sense for Microsoft to target SMBs and larger organizations first with Windows 365.
Still, I’m probably not the only one who really likes the idea of simply accessing a Windows PC from any device using a web browser. As someone who uses Windows virtual machines on many devices including Macs, the immediate and resource efficient aspects of a web-based solution are real killer functions. I’d love to pay for a Windows 365 for Consumer subscription if that means never having to touch Hyper-V or Parallels Desktop for Mac again.
With Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser coming soon on Xbox consoles, I can envision using Microsoft’s cloud PC solution to turn an Xbox console into a productivity machine or even a gaming machine. Transform PC to run Steam games. Xbox Insiders had fun Using the new Edge to access Google Stadia or other web-based services on the console and access the cloud PC on the console when needed would definitely be a killer function.
Microsoft really made cloud gaming affordable with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but maybe the economic equation isn’t that straightforward to bring Windows 365 to consumers right now. However, we’ve seen startups like Shadow that offer access to a high-end PC to run the Windows apps and games you want on any device, and the service is currently priced at $ 29.99 / month. Specs may vary by market, but for that price, you can expect a 4-core / 8-thread CPU, GeForce GTX 1080 or equivalent, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
It remains to be seen whether cloud PCs could become the next big thing in the tech world, but Shadow was recently acquired by OVHCloud, one of the largest cloud computing companies in the world that apparently has great ambitions for cloud PC service. However, Windows 365 and Shadow are unlikely to hurt PC sales anytime soon.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to renewed growth in the PC market despite the shortage of chips, despite recent reports from IDC and gardener recently indicated that this growth is slowing. However, the imminent rollout of Windows 11, which has higher than expected minimum hardware requirements, is likely to boost PC sales over the Christmas period and beyond.
Windows 365 will be available to business customers starting August 2nd, and it will be interesting to see if it can become a great new revenue stream for the company. Microsoft’s Panos Panay didn’t lie earlier this year when he said 2021 would be a big year for Windows and that Windows 365 will make it easier than ever to get the operating system to any device. This could be the version of Windows that will change the PC world as we know it, but a consumer version of Windows 365 can’t come soon enough.