Microsoft launches Windows 365, boosting Cloud PCs for businesses

Microsoft announced on Wednesday the launch of  Windows 365, a new service which will allow businesses seamless access to Cloud PCs from anywhere. 

The new service will work on any modern web browser or through Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app, allowing users to access their Cloud PC from a variety of devices.  

“Windows 365 provides an instant-on boot experience,” Wangui McKelvey, a general manager for Microsoft 365, said in a statement. 

Instant access lets workers stream their Windows session in sync with all their apps, tools, data, and settings across Macs, iPads, Linux, and Android devices. “You can pick up right where you left off, because the state of your Cloud PC remains the same, even when you switch devices,” explains McKelvey. 

“The Windows experience is consistent, no matter the device,” the company promised through its statement.  

In parallel, there will be two editions of Windows 365: business and enterprise. Both are powered by Azure Virtual Desktop, and individual Cloud PCs can be configured with a single CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage at the low-end, all the way up to eight CPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.  

Microsoft is offering up to 12 different configurations for both versions, and businesses will be able to scale processing power allowing a myriad of options to choose from. 

Windows 365 will only be available for businesses at launch on August 2nd, with a per-user monthly subscription fee.  

However, Microsoft failed to mention the exact pricing details until launch next month. 

It’s worth mentioning that a Windows 365 account can be used by a one-person-business or shared with all employees in a certain company.