What Is Windows 365 Cloud PC | How Does It Work

After launching Windows 11 recently and rolling out updates to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, Microsoft comes up with another Windows product for their users. Microsoft is modernizing the Windows experience, and Windows 11 is the latest example. Moving one more step ahead in modernizing the Windows experience, Microsoft again announced something very interesting and unique.

Recently on July 14, 2021, Microsoft announced their new Windows product for their users called Windows 365 Cloud PC. Cloud PC sounds interesting, right?

Literally, Microsoft is putting the Operating System Windows in the cloud with this new product Windows 365. By now we have been hearing only cloud storage, and now Microsoft is changing the cloud service by bringing this new term “Cloud PC“.

Want to know what is Windows 365 Cloud PC and how it works? Stick to the end of this article to know about this Cloud PC. I have tried my best to provide you all the basic information about Windows 365 Cloud PC.

What Is Windows 365 Cloud PC?

Windows 365 Cloud PC is a service or product as a part of Microsoft 365 that will put Windows into the Microsoft Cloud. It is a virtual service using which users can stream or access Windows of Cloud PC from anywhere. It will let the users stream Windows-including personalized apps, content, and setting from the Microsoft Cloud to any device with Windows 365 Cloud PC.

With Windows 365, Microsoft is bringing the whole Operating System to the Microsoft Cloud that can be literally accessible from any device-tablet, mobile, or computer.

Users can access and open Windows on any supported device even on iOS and Mac devices. Very few would have dreamt of using Windows on the iOS and Mac devices, but now with Cloud PC, we will be able to run Windows OS on these devices too.

It is announced on July 14, 2021, and will be available on a subscription basis from August 2, 2021.

How does Windows 365 Cloud PC Works?

Windows 365 Cloud PC works the same as Cloud Storage services. On Cloud Storage, data are stored and are accessed, managed, and shared across devices having the same Microsoft account.

In the pretty much same way, a virtual Windows is stored on Cloud along with all the elements of Windows like apps, settings, content, etc., and the same Window can be accessed or streamed from anywhere using any supported device.

Simply, Windows 365 will work similarly to game streaming-where the computing is done in a data center somewhere remotely and streamed to a device. That is why any device that will support Windows 365 can stream fully-functioned Windows Operating PC.

Streaming Windows on any device doesn’t mean users can stream any version of Windows. Cloud PC will allow the users to stream Windows 10 and its successor Windows 11 only. Windows 365 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.

Microsoft is marketing Windows 365 as “Hybrid Windows For A Hybrid World”. This means Windows 365 will be accessible on both devices as well as on the cloud. Every user’s apps and settings will boot instantly from any device that will allow personalized Window PCs to be accessed from anywhere.

How To Set Up Windows 365 Cloud PC?

It is very easy to set up. You can set it up right from any of your browsers. All you need to do is purchase the Cloud PC. For now, Windows 365 Cloud PC is a monthly product. There are several SKUs for different sizes of Cloud PCs that vary in CPU, RAM, and Storage specs.

Windows 365 Cloud Price

The prices aren’t fixed yet. Microsoft will reveal the prices for each SKU of Cloud PC during its launch on August 2, 2021. However, Microsoft has revealed one pricing option. A user can stream Windows 365 in the Cloud PC for $31 per month. For a $31 monthly subscription, Microsoft will offer 2vCPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of Storage. It is said that there will be 12 Cloud PC sizes ranging from 1vCPU to 8vCPU, 2GB to 32GB of RAM, and 64GB to 512GB of Storage. For the price of other SKUs of Cloud PC, wait till the launch of Windows 365 Cloud PC.

Currently, there are two versions of Cloud PC announced by Microsoft. They are:

  • Enterprise Cloud PC: These are the cloud PCs that are designed for organizations who have invested into Microsoft Endpoint Manager and are using this powerful platform to manage their existing physical Windows 10 desktops. This Cloud PC requires an intune license for each user who is assigned a Cloud PC.
  • Business Cloud PC: These are the Cloud PCs that are designed for individual users and very small businesses who typically go to their local best buy when they need a new PC. Now instead of vising Best Buy, they can go to Microsoft and subscribe to a new cloud PC and have it ready in an hour. This PC do not require intune license and are managed entirely by the user, similar to a standalone physical PC.

After you will purchase the Cloud PC, you can access it or stream it on any device that supports cloud services either it is a tablet, phone, or PC. You will be able to personalize any apps, settings, or contents on any device and will be able to open it on another device. Let’s say you are working on a project on your PC which isn’t completed. You can complete the same project on your mobile or tablet using Windows 365 Cloud PC.

My Opinion

Till now, we have been hearing about cloud storage, but with this new concept of Windows 365, Microsoft is bringing a new term Cloud PC to revolutionalize Windows experience. This is indeed a great step in modernizing Windows. It is a simple, powerful, and secure service.

Personally, I am excited about its official launch to check out what additional features Microsoft is going to provide with this. Since Microsoft has announced it and will be launching this soon, there are high chances that other Operating Systems like Mac and Linux will try to come into the competition. Drop your opinion in the comment box regarding Windows 365 Cloud PC: the first-ever Cloud PC on the planet, and also let me know if you have any queries related to this.

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