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Up until now, you needed a physical desktop to enjoy the Windows operating system. But, the future beholds something else, something wonderful.
If you are someone who frequently switches between devices – juggles between smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers, Microsoft may soon have good news for you. With Microsoft Cloud PC, you can access Windows 10 anywhere and anytime. The initiative is reportedly codenamed “Project Deschutes”.
What is Microsoft Cloud PC?
Microsoft cloud PC is a cloud-based Windows 10 desktop as a service where you will be able to rent PC hardware and run Windows 10 operating systems on Microsoft servers. It is a desktop as a service that is offered by Microsoft Azure. One of the benefits that a user will have is, the service will also be functional on an underpowered device.
Secondly, the Microsoft Cloud PC service will be platform-independent. This means it will work on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Users will be able to access Windows applications remotely such as Office365.
But isn’t this something that Microsoft already offers as a desktop service with Microsoft Azure?
Here’s Where Microsoft Cloud PC Will Be Different Than Azure?
It will be available as a part of the Microsoft 365 subscription and will not be based on Azure data consumption, something that not many people find practical. Also, Microsoft Cloud PC will supposedly be more user-friendly than Azure, which is not very straightforward.
Cloud PC Will Empower Windows 10X Users
As per ZDNet, Cloud PC will enable Windows 10X users to run Win32 apps on their remote Cloud PCs. This comes as a workaround at a time knowing that at the outset Windows 10X won’t support Win32 apps. Windows 10X is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS and is yet to be released.
It might prove to be a better option than Chromebooks at workplaces since it will always be updated, it will be more secure and a user won’t have to rely on an underpowered machine.
At What Price Will Microsoft’s Cloud PC Be Available?
Pricing is yet to be confirmed. What is known is that Microsoft intends to sell Cloud PC as a part of Microsoft 365 subscription with a flat per-user fee. Cloud PC will be available in various variants based on Storage, RAM, CPU resources. This further depends on the type of user – Medium, heavy, or Advanced.
As for the placement, a recent job posting from Microsoft gives us a glimpse of how Microsoft wishes to position Cloud PC –
“(The Cloud PC service) allows all users to be productive from anywhere, on any device with a cloud-powered, secure, and always up to date Windows experience. It also seamlessly allows endpoint managers to instantly provision cloud-hosted PCs and manage physical and virtual devices through a unified portal and a fixed and predictable price.”
As per ZDNet, it is speculated that Microsoft might release Cloud PC at the end of June 2021 or early July 21 to release this desktop as a service (DAAS) and details will be given by Microsoft in the build 2021 conference/ Microsoft’s annual inspire partner conference is to be held in mid-july, so selling this service at this time makes a lot of sense
There Is More Coming Up From Microsoft
Microsoft is also planning to revamp the Microsoft Store. Apart from the Sun Valley UX, Microsoft might even put apps like Visual Studio and Teams on Microsoft Store for users to download.
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