Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 365, a new Cloud PC service that will allow users to tap into the world’s most popular operating system on any device through a web browser or the company’s Remote Desktop app. While Microsoft didn’t share any pricing details regarding Windows 365 in its blog post on Wednesday, Ignite Solutions CEO Derek Gabriel has shared a screenshot revealing the costs for at least one of the service’s tiers. For $31 per month, a business user can run Windows on a configuration with “2 vCPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage” supporting desktop versions of Office apps, Outlook, OneDrive, and more. Microsoft has since confirmed the pricing with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, clarifying that this is just the cost for one of the service’s various SKUs. Microsoft will elaborate on Windows 365’s other configurations and price points by its general release date on August 2.
Grabbed this during an Inspire session. I kindly disagree with @maryjofoley @thurrott that Windows 365 too expensive for SMB. We already see demand as Azure VD has more overhead/burden to run. Seems any M365 SKU enables – BP=Business Premium. Big for security & DR resilience. pic.twitter.com/xXnxdAQLgG— Derek Gabriel (@dsghi) July 15, 2021
Microsoft officials haven’t yet said how many Windows 365 SKUs they plan to offer. They did publish yesterday a chart showing how they plan to target the coming SKUs, which will range from 1vCPU/2GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for users with simple needs like frontline workers, call center users, education/training and CRM access — to 8 vCPU, 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for software developers, engineers, content creators and designers.