Cloud PC price starts at £ 20
Microsoft has made available its Cloud PC offering, Windows 365, which streams a Windows desktop to any device.
Cloud PC is a new category of devices, which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled at the company’s recent Inspire virtual event. This is because it provides a virtual desktop environment, fully managed in the company’s Azure cloud, which can be streamed to a web browser.
In a blog article describing Cloud PC and Windows 365, Scott Manchester, Partner Director of Program Management, Windows 365, wrote: “The Cloud PC leverages the power of the cloud to provide a complete, simple and secure solution Windows 10 or Windows 11 that you can use to empower your staff, regardless of location or device. The Windows experience is consistent, regardless of the device. You can pick up where you left off, because the status of your Cloud PC remains the same, even when you change devices.
Nick Hedderman, head of Modern Work and Security at Microsoft, said the service reflects demand for higher levels of flexibility and hybrid working. He said the goal of Windows 365 is to provide businesses with a secure experience and employees the ability to work the way they want.
Whether it’s a company-owned device or an employee-owned device, he said Windows 365 offers businesses a way to deliver a desktop environment that boots instantly and uses power. Microsoft cloud to simplify management and pricing.
Looking at the specifics of the device requirements for Windows 365, Hedderman said he would need a HTML5 browser, which means devices running Linux, iOS, Android, or MacOS, as well as Windows PCs, can be used. From a network perspective, he said 1-1.5 Mbps should be enough. According to Microsoft, 5G-enabled devices would be ideal for serving Windows 365 desktops.
Windows 365 provides various sizing options for virtual processing power, memory, and storage. Because storage and networking is provided through Microsoft Azure, unlike a traditional Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment, IT administrators only need to configure the hardware settings for the virtual appliance.
Available through Azure Marketplace, Microsoft offers several variations of Windows 365, some of which bundle Microsoft 365 office productivity and collaboration software.
The price for a Windows 365 Cloud PC configured with a vCPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage starts at £ 17 per user per month if a Windows 10 Pro license has already been purchased, otherwise it costs £ 20. The largest configuration currently available is for an eight-processor machine with 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The total price for this setup is £ 138 per user per month.