Microsoft yesterday introduced Windows 365, which makes it possible to run a full version of Windows in a browser on any device. Initially, the service will only be available to companies.
The technology works just like Microsoft’s Xbox streaming service, which creates a virtual Xbox in the cloud. Similarly, Windows 365 creates a virtual PC in the cloud. The virtual machine is personal, just like a computer in your home or workplace. You get to choose how much internal memory and storage your virtual computer should have. According to Microsoft you can configure your computer with up to 512 gigabytes of storage and 16 gigabytes of internal memory.
Windows 365 should have an “instant-on” experience, the operating system should be there as soon as you log in with your browser.When you log out or close the browser window, Windows is saved in the state you left it in. The next time you log in will your virtual machine you can just continue where you were, in other words it will be easy to quickly switch between different devices and platforms, without having to wait for the system to load.
Microsoft will launch Windows 365 on August 2, 2021, for both small and large businesses. Windows 365 will support Windows 10 at launch to be later upgraded to Windows 11. Windows 365 will work in modern browsers on Mac, Ipads, Android and Linux devices. Whether it will be released to consumers is unknown at the time of writing.