Microsoft has announced the general availability of its new cloud PC service, Windows 365.
Available beginning today for business and enterprise customers, Microsoft’s Windows 365 service works by streaming the full Windows 10 (and Windows 11, when it becomes available) experience over the cloud, allowing users to access the operating system on just about any device that can run a web browser.
Some of the major benefits that have been advertised with Windows 365 include the ability to boot into the OS instantly, consistent workspaces that let users easily pick up from where they left off, as well as full support for popular business apps such as Microsoft 365. Microsoft has also talked up Windows 365’s enhanced security, which is made possible by the sophisticated security technologies leveraged by the company’s cloud.
As outlined on a new plans and pricing page, Microsoft’s Windows 365 cloud PC service comprises 12 configurations, the cheapest of which starts at just $20 or $24 per user per month with a 1 vCPU processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. Windows 365 users who seek a higher level of performance can opt for the 8 vCPU plans, which offer 32 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage for $123 to $162 per user per month.
The Cloud PC draws on the power of the cloud to provide a powerful, simple, and secure full Windows 10 or Windows 11 experience that you can use to empower your workforce, regardless of location or device. Windows 365 provides an instant-on boot experience that enables users to stream all their personalized applications, tools, data, and settings from the cloud across any device including your Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, and coming soon Linux device. The Windows experience is consistent, no matter the device. You can pick up right where you left off, because the state of your Cloud PC remains the same, even when you switch devices.