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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.

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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.

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  1. So, maybe I don’t understand this properly, but what do you stream it to?

    I mean, you still need some sort of local hardware, right?

    Are they going to be selling some sort of thin client to go along with the service?

    Also, LOL at that pricing.

    I know, compared to the cost of buying a laptop, licensing windows, etc, it may not be bad, but still, totally not worth it if you ask me.

  2. Sounds like MS’s take on VMware’s VDI/Horizon…. virtual desktops you remote to.

    [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 38789, member: 203″]
    So, maybe I don’t understand this properly, but what do you stream it to?

    Yeah enough of an OS to use a browser for the HTML client.

  3. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 38789, member: 203″]
    So, maybe I don’t understand this properly, but what do you stream it to?
    Don’t you people have phones ?!!

  4. Wow! This is definitely cool news, but I don’t understand a couple of points. First, what will be the price of this and how will it be implemented? Will it be in the form of a monthly subscription or a one-time purchase? I think it would be more convenient if it was a one-time purchase. I am also tormented by the question: is this a new product that Microsoft has developed or is it an old product at a new price? It’s not clear at all, because I still don’t understand why I should give money. I read an article, here it is [URL][/URL] and I realized that there are services that are much safer and more convenient than cloud file storage. In general, I will still study and if it is as cool as they write, then I will try it.

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