Microsoft prepares Win32 apps streaming support for Windows 10X

Windows 10X on Surface Go

Microsoft is working on a new model called “Cloud PC” that will
offer Windows 10 and productivity apps via a subscription fee.
While the Cloud PC is aimed at businesses and enterprises, we
have enough reasons to believe that Microsoft will use Cloud PC
or similar technology to run Win32 apps in Windows 10X.

The ‘Cloud PC’ service was first spotted in a LinkedIn job
posting, which confirmed that the company’s long-term intention
is to make Windows a service. It will be a paid service with
Windows, Office 365 and other cloud productivity
applications.

The software giant intends to roll out its Cloud PC in Spring
2021 when Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 10X for
single-screen PCs.

This new Cloud PC technology is built on top of Windows Virtual
Desktop and it uses Azure to offer managed Windows 10
experience to businesses.

Earlier today, a leak
revealed that Microsoft has actively started developing Cloud
PC service for Windows. According to the leak, Cloud PC service
will be offered in three configurations:

  • 2 vCPU, 4GB RAM and 96GB SSD.
  • 2 vCPU, 8GB RAM and 96GB SSD.
  • 3 vCPU, 8GB RAM and 40GB SSD.

Notably, sources familiar with the development believe that
Microsoft also plans to use Cloud PC or similar technology to
enable Win32 support in Windows 10X

As we reported last month,
Windows 10X will be finalized without the desktop apps in
December, but the operating system will support streaming
Win32 apps through an Azure-based service.

This technology could play an important in the enterprise
market for Windows 10X.

Windows 10X was originally supposed to launch with a technology
known as ‘VAIL’, but reports revealed that Microsoft delayed
the native solution for Win32 apps until 2022. As a result,
users will be stuck using UWP and PWA apps, which could limit
the usability of the operating system.

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