Leak confirms Microsoft’s Cloud PC is a new way to access Windows

Windows 10 Cloud PC

Whenever we’ve to open our favourite desktop apps and important
files, the usual solution is to use the primary Windows device.
A new Microsoft service called “Cloud PC” proposes the concept
of “Windows anywhere” – a new version of the operating system
that lives on a powerful server in the cloud, as part of the
Microsoft 365.

For the past one and half a year, Microsoft has been working on
a solution for streaming Windows 10 or Windows 11 from a
powerful server in the cloud to an app on Android, iOS, and
desktop platforms like Windows. Thanks to the leaks and new job
postings, we now know that Cloud PC will be marketed as “the
next step in personal computing”.

Cloud PC is different from the Azure Virtual Desktop, which is
optimized for large businesses and enterprise customers. Unlike
Azure Virtual Desktop (previously known as Windows Virtual
Desktop), this service will be initially aimed at small
businesses with affordable pricing. A consumer edition could be
announced later.

Cloud PC service
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A Cloud PC will have your Windows desktop, popular apps,
settings, and content ready for streaming on any supported
device. With a Cloud PC, Microsoft will provide users with a
secure place to store and access their apps, files, and
documents.

You can get to Cloud PC on any supported, internet-connected
device. At the moment, Microsoft is planning to support the
following devices:

  • Android and iOS.
  • Windows (including Windows on ARM) and macOS

According to
reports, Windows Cloud PC could be unveiled during
Microsoft’s Inspire event, which is set to begin later this
week.

Cloud PC welcome
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We’re expecting the preview of Cloud PC to ship with Windows
10. When Windows 11 is generally available, it would be
upgradable to Windows 11.

Cloud PC rumoured features

So far, Microsoft has remained silent on Cloud PC, but we’ve
spotted numerous job listings and documents for Cloud PC
service. A
support page for Cloud PC is already live on the company’s
website, suggesting that Cloud PC uses Microsoft Graph to
enable Microsoft 365 services integration and more.

Windows Cloud PC will be a simple and managed computing
environment for Microsoft 365 subscribers willing to pay.

Microsoft’s latest take on Windows Virtual Desktop will be
offered in multiple configurations.

For example, a medium configuration will include 2 vCPUs, 4GB
of RAM and a 96GB SSD and the heavy configuration will increase
RAM to 8GB. Users can also upgrade to advanced configuration to
get access to 3 vCPUs and 8GB of RAM.

Microsoft’s Cloud PC will be a paid service and optimized for
general-purpose personal computing only, which means you cannot
run resources-intensive apps within the cloud container.
However, Microsoft’s Office suite will be supported.

As mentioned at the outset, Microsoft will announce Cloud PC
later this week and it will enter public preview soon.

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