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Microsoft announces Windows 365, a computer that runs on its cloud

Windows 365 offers PC access from the cloud to any device. | Picture by special arrangement.  

Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows 365, a cloud-based OS that will allow businesses to access Windows 10 or 11 software on any device, anywhere.

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The new service enables its users to stream their applications, tools and data from the cloud on any device, including smartphones, using a web browser or Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app. This gives users an option to pick up their work at a different location on a different device.

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“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,” Wangui McKelvey, General Manager, Microsoft 365, said in a blog post.

The service will be made available to businesses starting from August 2, and it will charge organisations on a monthly per user basis. Microsoft hasn’t revealed how much it will charge for providing the service.

The announcement comes at a time when organisations around the world are adopting a hybrid work model in which employees are spread across different locations. The new offering is similar to how Microsoft offers virtual gaming through its cloud-based Xbox service. The change here is it will use the same method for productivity.


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