Microsoft is making it simple to use any computer, including smartphones and tablets, to access a virtual Windows 10 PC. Microsoft will launch a Cloud PC service in June or July, according to a study, that will allow users to access a remote Windows desktop and software such as Office.
Microsoft defined Cloud PC as a “cloud computing platform” in that report “modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience [that] will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner”.
Microsoft intends to market it as a controlled Microsoft 365 experience with a one-time fee per account. This is a significant distinction from current Windows Virtual Desktop pricing, which is based on Azure use.
Microsoft will also be able to monitor the organization’s system configuration by deploying updates and security enhancements on a regular basis, as well as providing managed support. This latest functionality, according to reports, is part of the company’s “Windows as a Service” tagline, which has become more visible this year.
Cloud PC is based on Azure and Windows Virtual Desktop, and it will not replace any Windows edition. Instead, it will be available as a service for corporate customers who want to access their Windows PC from any location at any time.
According to reports, Cloud PC delivers Desktop as a Service and enables a new, scalable, cloud-based Windows experience by leveraging Microsoft’s existing Windows Virtual Desktop and Azure infrastructure.
Microsoft is testing three separate tiers for its Cloud PC service right now:
- Medium tier: 2 vCPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 96GB of SSD storage.
- Heavy tier: 2 vCPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 96GB of SSD storage.
- Advanced tier: 3 vCPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 40GB of SSD storage.
According to what I’ve heard, Microsoft can launch this virtualized, desktop-as-a-service offering in June or early July 2021. This year’s Microsoft Inspire partner conference is in mid-July, which makes sense considering that Microsoft will most likely want partners to help sell Cloud PC.