Microsoft today announced that the "Windows 365" cloud service is available to companies of all sizes. It allows business customers to create Windows 10 or Windows 11 cloud PCs that users can connect to from virtually anywhere with the Internet.
“Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience—including all your apps, data, and settings—to your personal or corporate devices <...> This approach creates a fully new personal computing category, specifically for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.”
What's Cloud PC
Cloud PC leverages the power of the cloud to provide a powerful, simple, and secure full Windows 10 or Windows 11 experience. It is available independently of location or device. Windows 365 allows users to stream all of their personalized apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud to any device.
You can use a Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Android and, soon, Linux device. Working with Windows is the same regardless of the device. You can pick up where you left off. The state of your cloud PC stays the same even when you switch devices.
Windows 365 subscriptions range from $20 to $62 per user per month. The starter plan provides access to a cloud PC with one virtual processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. At the maximum, the user will receive eight virtual processors, 32 GB of RAM and a 512 GB drive. There are 12 different subscription levels to choose from.
Here is how to start with Windows 365. Microsoft provides two step-by-step guidance:
- For organizations with up to 300 employees: Getting started with Windows 365 Business
- For organizations with more than 300 employees: Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise
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