Microsoft is releasing Windows 365 today, bringing its cloud PC concept to enterprises around the world. A cloud streaming service that brings the power of Windows 10 or Windows 11 to machines in hybrid and cloud, Windows 365 was announced earlier in the summer. With the full launch, Microsoft has revealed three pricing tiers, starting from $31 per month.
Organizations are seeking services that allow for collaboration, remote access, while also maintaining security in a difficult cybersecurity environment. As for employees, they need tools that they are familiar with, are usable, and work across their devices.
Microsoft says Windows 365 Cloud PC meets these demands. It will function on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 and brings Windows to Microsoft Cloud. It offers a secure version of Windows complete with apps, settings, and data, to corporate and personal devices.
In other words, this is Windows on the cloud that can be accessed on any device. Microsoft will leverage Microsoft Azure (Virtual Desktop) to handle the resources. Speaking of devices, Windows 365 supports Mac, iPadOS, iOS, Android, and Linux hardware. On the platform, it is possible to start a task on one device and platform and then pick up where you left off on another.
Microsoft highlighted the base tier of Windows 365 during its announcement at Inspire 2021. That is the base level $31 per month per user. This plan provides access to Windows 10 or Windows 11 on the cloud with the equivalent hardware of two CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
With Windows 365 now launching, Microsoft has detailed the other pricing packages. The most affordable is $24 per user per month with a single CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. With the 2 CPU option starting at $31 pu/pm, customers can configure higher storage up to 128GB and 8GB RAM for $44 per user per month.
The Business plan starts at $70 per user per month with 4 CPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You can choose to configure this package up to $105 for more storage. Finally, the Premium tier doubles the CPUs to 8 and the RAM to 32GB starting from $127 per user per month. That includes 128GB of storage, which you can increase and pay up to $162 per user per month.
Tip of the day: Did you know that a virtual drive on Windows 10 can help you with disk management for various reasons? A virtual drive is just simulated by the platform as a separate drive while the holding file might be stored anywhere on your system .
The data in the drive is available in files or folders, which are represented by software in the operating system as a drive. In our tutorial we show you different ways how to setup and use such virtual drives.