Windows 365 – PC in a cloud

No PC? No problem. Now subscribers to Windows 365 will be able to do their computing fully in the cloud. That means you can access the full Windows experience from a Linux computer, Mac, Chromebook, iPad, and Android device.

This system is designed with businesses in mind and allows remote workers to access the full Windows experience from any device. Microsoft promises an instant-on boot experience and the ability to pick up your work right where you left off when switching devices.

In that way, it’s somewhat like the experience of using Microsoft 365 for Office programs.

In the announcement, Microsoft said, “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. Seasonal workers also can ramp on and off according to the needs of the business, allowing the organization to scale for busy periods without the complicated logistical and security challenges of issuing new hardware. Further, companies can be more targeted in how they outfit specialized workers in creative, analytics, engineering, or scientific roles who need greater compute power and access to critical applications.”

Windows 365 will be available to businesses beginning in August. No word yet on when the service might be available to the home user or what the cost will be.

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