Microsoft earlier announced a new cloud virtual desktop service in Microsoft Inspire “Windows 365“. It is basically a cloud virtual machine with extremely simple settings, allowing users to connect to the cloud Windows 10 (later Windows 11) desktop from anywhere, such as a PC, Mac, iPad, Linux or Android device. Compared with Microsoft’s existing Azure Virtual Desktop, the main difference of Windows 365 service is that it adopts a subscription system instead of a timed system, and Windows 365 provides easier management tools, so that small and medium-sized enterprises without much IT experience can also Easy to use. With other cloud services under Microsoft, Microsoft hopes that this can become the core of the “one-stop” cloud service for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Microsoft has actually had such a plan for a long time, but the impact of the new crown epidemic on work patterns has given Microsoft and its customers practical experience to understand the advantages, usage methods, and service needs of cloud PCs. In Microsoft’s setting, Windows 365 has two possible ways to use it to assist enterprises: First, for larger enterprises, it can reduce the procurement cost of official equipment. In the past, business notebooks usually required certain specifications to execute the software required for the work, but now with the Windows 365 service, only a simple networked notebook can complete the work. Putting copies of all employees’ work phases on the network can also improve security, so that employees can log in without the hassle of VPNs.
The other is to deal with the work style in the post-epidemic era, where employees are no longer necessarily working when and where. On the one hand, employees need to be able to simply keep the working environment at home and in the office synchronized. On the other hand, even if they have an office and a computer, they will most likely use it depending on who enters the office on that day. Under such a premise, it is convenient to separate the employee’s use environment and the hardware used.
Windows 365 provides up to 8 virtual processors, 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage, but there will not be a separate graphics card in the initial stage. Microsoft is still trying to join in this part. For some applications (such as video playback), Microsoft can also perform local decoding to reduce latency and improve image quality. You will also be able to restore the cloud PC to its previous state and rescue files that were accidentally deleted.
At present, Windows 365 has not announced the rate, which will not be known until August 1. The launch date is set on August 2 and you can apply at Windows365.com. Generally speaking, this should still be a service based on business needs. For the average person, it is more practical to buy an independent computer that can install software and store data locally.