Microsoft today announced a new cloud PC service for companies called Windows 365. It is basically a business-exclusive service that allows organizations to give their employees access to Windows PC in the cloud via a web browser. So, the service is a simpler version of Microsoft’s existing Azure Virtual Desktop service, without the hassle of setting up an Azure Virtual Desktop environment in the cloud.
Microsoft announces Windows 365
The giant from Redmond announced the service with an official blog post. Windows 365 will work with any modern web browser or through the Microsoft Remote Desktop application. It will be available to companies after the global launch on August 2nd.
“Windows 365 takes the operating system to Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the entire Windows experience – including all your applications, data and settings – to your personal or business devices. This approach creates a whole new category of personal computing, especially for the hybrid world: Cloud PC, “ wrote Wangui McKelvey, CEO of Microsoft 365.
As you can imagine, Windows 365 will allow companies to provide their employees access to a computer running Windows 10 or Windows 11 (which will one day be available to the public this year) in the cloud. The service comes at a time when large companies are transitioning to a hybrid work culture due to a coronavirus-led pandemic. Microsoft wants to ease this shift for businesses with its cloud computing solution.
Windows 365 – plan details
Microsoft will offer two editions of Windows 365 – Business and Business Edition. Both are powered by Azure Virtual Desktop and allow companies to configure full-fledged cloud computing, from single-processor cloud computing, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage to a state-of-the-art machine with up to 8 CPUs, 32GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
As for security, Microsoft says so Windows 365 helps address today’s critical security challenges with an emphasis on the Zero Trust architecture and secure data storage in the cloud rather than the system itself. Moreover, tools such as Multifactor Authentication (MFA) integrated with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provide login verification when accessing a cloud computer.
With Windows 365, Microsoft wants to provide cloud computing to companies that have wanted to try virtualization services in the past but couldn’t for a variety of reasons. So, with the new cloud service, companies will be able to easily create Cloud computers and assign them to employees.
“Windows 365 will really make a big difference for organizations that wanted to try virtualization for a variety of reasons, but couldn’t – it might have been too expensive, too complicated, or they didn’t have the internal expertise to do it,” McKelvey added further.
Coming to the price of Windows 365, Microsoft has not yet shared details about it. So we can expect the company to announce prices for both plans when the service starts operating on August 2nd. You can watch the official Windows 365 promotional video attached below.