Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC
Microsoft has announced a new “cloud PC” product where users can stream a Windows device from anywhere.
Windows 365 will work similarly to game streaming – where the computing is done in a data centre somewhere remotely and streamed to a device.
That means all sorts of devices – including tablets or Apple Macs – can stream a full Windows desktop PC.
It is being sold to businesses to begin with, as many firms move to a mix of office and remote working.
Microsoft is marketing the new way of using a PC as “hybrid Windows for a hybrid world”.
The company says that every user’s apps and settings will boot instantly from any device – allowing personalised Windows PCs to be accessed from anywhere.
“The Windows experience is consistent, no matter the device,” the announcement promised.
“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.”