Windows 365: Microsoft’s operating system migrates to the cloud

Microsoft wants to convince even more users to use Windows in the cloud: At its partner conference Microsoft Inspire, the US company announced Windows 365 on Friday. Microsoft is moving the operating system “including applications, data and settings” to the cloud. The offer is aimed at corporate customers who can use it to set up a virtual “cloud PC” on all possible devices.

“With Windows 365 we are creating a new category: the cloud PC,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Just as the applications came to the cloud with Software-as-a-Service, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud. This gives companies more flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce, regardless of their location, to be more productive and better to be networked. ”

The “cloud PC” runs on every device connected to the Internet. Operating system, applications and data are streamed from the cloud to the device. “The cloud PC transforms every device into a personalized, productive and secure digital workspace,” said Jared Spataro, who is responsible for the “365” products at Microsoft. Microsoft emphasizes that all data is safely stored in the cloud. Windows 365 is based on the “zero trust principle” and is therefore “secure by design”.

The cloud PC is “switched on immediately”, it says in one Notice from Microsoft. Applications, tools, data and settings can be used on any end device. The power required for this can be easily adjusted. The cloud PC is always up to date across all devices. Microsoft also mentions the simpler administration of the operating system as an advantage. Knowledge of virtualization is not necessary, the cloud PCs can be managed via Microsoft Endpoint Manager like real PCs.

The idea behind Windows 365 is not completely new and as groundbreaking as advertised by Nadella at the conference. Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop, a virtual Windows computer that runs in Microsoft’s data centers and is operated via Remote Desktop protocol, has been in the program for a long time. According to the announcement, however, Windows 365 is designed for simplicity and the payment model should also be simpler, namely per user.

With Windows 365, admins can choose between Windows 10 and Windows 11 as soon as the new operating system is available “by the end of 2021,” says Microsoft. Windows 365 will be available from the beginning of August; a monthly fee is charged per “cloud PC”.


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