Microsoft Announces its First Cloud PC

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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On the 14th of July, Microsoft announced that it is releasing a cloud PC in August - a hybrid product, which will allow users to stream Windows devices from any location.

A New Type of Hybrid

The company presents Windows 365 as a mix between a PC and a cloud service.

To clarify, users will be able to stream their apps, content, settings, etc. from Microsoft’s cloud via Windows 365. The computing will be done in a remote center.

This means that macOS devices will be able to work as Windows desktop PCs. Until now, the only option for Mac users to run Windows was via virtualization software like Parallels

In the beginning, the cloud PC will stream Windows 10. Once Windows 11 launches, it will become available in the new format, as well.

Remote Work Made Easy

Statistics show that around 83% of people work remotely, if not full-time, then at least half of the time. The ongoing pandemic and frequent lockdowns have forced many businesses to adapt to this.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella promised a “consistent experience” during Wednesday’s announcement. Users will be able to access their apps and overall settings instantly, from any device.

Nadella explained: "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."

For now, the new Windows is only available for businesses. While users are waiting for their turn, they can rely on other cloud PC options.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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