Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC similar to game streaming. Users will be able to stream a full Windows desktop PC.
Microsoft is targeting business as many are making a transition towards a mix of office and remote working,
Marketed as “hybrid Windows for a hybrid world” Microsoft says all user apps will boot instantly from any device. Users can enjoy a personalized Windows PC experience from anywhere.
According to Microsoft, “The Windows experience is consistent, no matter the device. You can get the same work done on a laptop in a hotel room, a tablet from their car between appointments, or your desktop while you’re in the office.”
Microsoft in a blog said it will launch in August for business customers of all sizes. Initially, Windows 10 will be streamed, though Windows 11 will also be available once it launches.
There is no news if a personal product will be available, though the company has stuck with its subscription model for nearly a decade. From marketing its subscription license with Office 2013 for the first time alongside the launch of Office 365 as the subscription version is known, the company is making more money from it than its single purchase desktop-bound version.
There is a downside to such services like the long-term cost for individuals is often higher than a one-off purchase.
Prices of Windows have been lowered for many customers, the company also offers free upgrades from one version to another for many years and we can expect the same for Windows 11.
Introducing Windows 365.
— Microsoft 365 (@Microsoft365) July 14, 2021