Microsoft’s Windows 365 cloud operating system is now available. The offer available by subscription is explicitly aimed at companies and is intended in various versions to open up the possibility of using Windows 10 on different devices and, from the end of the year, Windows 11 as a cloud service in the browser.
Some of the open questions about the announcement can now be answered: Microsoft offers the new service as a subscription. A distinction is made between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies – Microsoft draws the line at 300 employees. Companies that purchase more than 300 licenses get the virtual version of Windows Enterprise and integration into Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager. SMEs have to be satisfied with the business variant.
Price model: Graduated according to performance
In terms of price, however, the offers do not differ: The cheapest version Basic costs 28.20 euros per user per month – regardless of whether you are an SME or a large company. For this, users have to be satisfied with 2 vCPU and 4 GB RAM. The middle variant, Standard, costs 37.30 euros, also offers 2 vCPU, but at least 8 GB of RAM. The premium version for 60.10 euros includes 4 vCPU, 16 GB RAM and also supports Microsoft Visual Studio, Power BI and Dynamics 365.
Windows 365 also runs as a cloud service on Android and Apple devices. Access is either via an HTML5-capable web browser and the address windows365.microsoft.com or via Microsoft’s remote desktop app. Access via Linux systems is not yet possible, but should be submitted later. With regard to the required bandwidth, Microsoft is still keeping a low profile: Im Demo-Video it just means that the average WiFi speed of 27 Mbit / s in the USA is sufficient for the best possible performance.
Microsoft had only announced the cloud operating system in mid-July at its partner conference Inspire. So far, companies can only obtain Windows 10 from the service, with Windows 11 to follow by the end of the year.