As cloud-based computing becomes more and more mainstream, Microsoft is getting further in on the action with Windows 365. This solution offers a PC-level cloud-based option which opens new options for small businesses and organizations. This comes on the tail end of the impact of the 2020 COVID pandemic, which required many businesses to find remote solutions. This new offering will enhance possibilities for flexible work options.
What is it?
Essentially, Windows 365 is a PC accessible over the internet. The options vary, with the following chart from Microsoft detailing some sample use for differing work roles.
Windows 365 also offers the opportunity to quickly shift IT resources, allowing companies to more efficiently respond to unexpected change. Additionally, the cloud solution will offer increased security over some of the ad hoc solution many businesses felt pushed into during the COVID pandemic. The platform is based on the Azure Virtual Desktop.
Microsoft refers to this as “hybrid Windows for a hybrid world”, as it now will be accessible via non-Windows PCs, tablets, and phones.
Microsoft announced Windows 365 (on-demand here), with a practical use demonstration starting around 13:30 into the video.
How much does it cost?
Pricing is not yet available for all options. Microsoft has revealed that full pricing will not be available until release on August 2, 2021. However, we do know pricing for one option—a cloud PC with two virtual CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB GB storage—for $31 per month. There are licensing requirements on a per user basis, as well; some of these are in common use (like M365 E3 or E5) while others are specific to non-Windows 10 Pro endpoints. A plethora of technical details are available through this Microsoft blog.
Connectivity and User Experience
One understandably may wonder what kind of connection will be required to enjoy an experience that seems as though the PC is running in one’s office. Indeed, internet connection is required (although a planned feature is sync with offline activity upon reconnection). Microsoft has indicated that a 20 Mbps upload and download speed is sufficient to run the cloud-based PC, but that once online the PC will have up to 10 Gbps download and 3Gbps upload. That’s blazing!
Connecting through a Windows PC will gain you more flexibility in use, including features such as multiple monitors, USB and other peripheral support.
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