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Microsoft 365 Cloud PC: What Are The Benefits

Less than a month after announcing the release of Windows 11 as its latest desktop operating system, Microsoft has announced Windows 365, a new solution aimed at helping companies manage current and future demands of remote and hybrid work. Windows 365 takes Windows 10 and Windows 11(when it becomes available) to the Microsoft cloud.

This will allow users to obtain the full Windows experience, including applications and data, on personal or workplace devices. Windows 365 is secure by design and is built on a Zero Trust foundation; Windows 365 secures data and stores it in the cloud instead of on the device. By storing data in the cloud, will provide users with a more secure and productive experience for all users. Under the Microsoft 365 Cloud PC platform, employees will have a minimum level of access to workplace files and systems, and this will minimize the risks of hacks and data breaches.

What Is Microsoft 365 Cloud PC?

Details to Know:

  • Microsoft 365 Cloud PC is the latest cloud computing service by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft 365 Cloud PC promises to transform office work by providing an improved approach to workplace computer systems via remote access.
  • Businesses and organizations will have the ability to create virtual computer systems that users can access, regardless of the device they choose to use.
  • Users will get the same Windows 10 or and upcoming Windows 11 experience on any device.
  • All user files, applications, and settings will remain unchanged.

Microsoft 365 Cloud PC is built on Azure Virtual Desktop, but it makes the virtualization experience a little simpler. Microsoft 365 Cloud PC is a cloud service that hosts virtual PCs that use Windows. Businesses and organizations can use these virtual machines as if they were actual Windows computers. Businesses and organizations will only need to have an internet connection.

“With Windows 365, we’re creating a new category: the Cloud PC,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organizations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location.”

Microsoft 365 Cloud PC Pricing

While there has not been a specific price structure set for Microsoft 365 Cloud PC and Microsoft has stated it would not discuss pricing options until  August 2 (the launch date). However, Microsoft has unveiled a pricing option that will allow businesses or organizations to use a virtual PC in the cloud for $31 per user on a monthly basis.

The pricing option was revealed on July 14 during a session when Microsoft was unveiling how businesses could sign up for the service. At the rate of $31 per month, Microsoft offers two CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. This is under the Microsoft 365 Cloud PC business option, and it has been designed for businesses with fewer than 300 users.

Is Microsoft 365 Cloud PC different from Azure Virtual Desktop?

Microsoft’s first attempt at PC virtualization came with its Windows Virtual Desktop platform. This platform gained traction after the coronavirus pandemic. One of the difficulties of the Windows Virtual Desktop platform (renamed Azure Virtual Desktop) is that the setup process could be very complex and challenging.

This process was so difficult because users were responsible for configuring their own virtual machine just to use Azure Virtual Desktop. Compared to Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft 365 Cloud PC will not be as complex to set up or use. Generally, cloud PCs will come with Windows 10 or 11, allowing users to unpack them and use them right away. System administrators will have the ability to manage cloud PCs through a remote desktop application.

Changing the Way We Work

One of the fascinating things about Microsoft 365 Cloud PC is its ability to work with any operating system on any device. Once users have been given a Microsoft 365 Cloud PC account, they can sign in to the account using any device that has an internet connection. This will make it easier for users to make the adjustment to office, remote, and hybrid work.

Users can sign in to their Microsoft 365 Cloud virtual PC from personal devices and workplace devices, whether the device is a laptop or a smartphone. Microsoft’s 365 Cloud PC can completely transform the workplace and make it a more seamless space between the office and the home.

For years, Microsoft partners have been at the forefront of how Microsoft produces technologies and transforms businesses around the world. The selection of Microsoft’s solutions and services gives partners the ability to build solutions that are innovative and specific to an industry.

Microsoft 365 Cloud PC will equip partners with the tools they need to continue transforming an industry. Microsoft 365 Cloud PC will create a wealth of opportunities for Microsoft partners to deliver improved experiences in the cloud.

How Can Microsoft 365 Cloud PC Impact Your Business?

Why should your business care about Microsoft 365 Cloud PC? Microsoft 365 Cloud PC can save your business or organization a significant amount of money because there will be no need to pay an upfront fee on hardware by running Microsoft Virtual Desktop PCs on hardware that is not strong enough. This will create several opportunities for businesses that do not have the proper resources to access the same technologies and solutions as other businesses.

The Microsoft 365 Cloud PC platform will allow your business or organization to scale processing power — and this will be achieved by allocating more resources to the cloud PCs. Since your business or organization will only have to pay for the users who will use the platform, you will not have to spend an excessive amount of money on machines that will not be in use.

Are you looking forward to the Cloud PCs? Do you think Microsoft will be able to deliver a high-quality Windows streaming experience? Do you expect it to incur problems?

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