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Microsoft’s Windows 365 ‘Cloud PC’ Service: 6 Things To Know

The browser-accessible service brings a number of advantages for users and IT staff, along with creating managed services opportunities for partners, Microsoft said.

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The ‘Cloud PC’ Arrives

Microsoft is aiming to revolutionize personal computing once again with the debut of a cloud-based, browser-accessible Windows desktop service. The new solution, Windows 365, kicks off what Microsoft is hoping will be the “cloud PC” era, where your device type and location are no barrier to using your Windows desktop. The forthcoming Windows 365 offering also opens up an array of new opportunities for solution providers, said Melissa Grant, director of product marketing for Microsoft 365. “We think this new category affords a ton of opportunity to our partners,” Grant said. To underscore the partner opportunity with Windows 365, Microsoft is announcing the solution at the company’s virtual Inspire 2021 partner conference this week.

Windows 365 is not meant to replace Microsoft’s existing virtualized desktop solution, Azure Virtual Desktop, but it does offer a number of simplifications that should make the new offering appeal to a wider range of businesses, she said. Azure Virtual Desktop is expected to continue to be a good fit for certain organizations—especially those that have virtualization expertise on staff and have specific customization needs, Grant said.

What follows are six key things to know about Microsoft’s Windows 365 service.

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