Microsoft Introduces Windows 365

Windows has entered the realm of cloud computing.

Windows has entered the realm of cloud computing.

While Microsoft has had Remote Access baked into Windows operating systems for several generations now, Windows has not yet entered the realm of full-on cloud-based computing. That officially changed as of yesterday when Microsoft announced Windows 365, the first completely cloud-based iteration of Windows OS. To be more specific, it’s an instance of Windows 10 (as well as Windows 11 when it releases) that anyone can run remotely from any internet-connected computer. It works not unlike an internet browser, but instead of just the internet, you have access to an entire computer’s worth of functionality and apps.

“Windows 365 provides an instant-on boot experience,” according to Wangui McKelvey, a general manager for Microsoft 365. You can use this to stream your Windows session, complete with all of your installed apps, extensions, tools, and whatnot across not only PCs, but also Macs, iPads, Linux machines, 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.

Windows 365 will launch on August 2 as a business-centric monthly subscription service. No word yet on how much the subscription will cost, or if a more consumer-minded version will be created at some point.

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