Jul 15, 2021 - Technology

Microsoft brings Windows desktop to devices via cloud

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Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows 365, a cloud-based version of the desktop operating system that allows people to run the same virtualized desktop across multiple PCs and even on Macs and mobile devices.

Why it matters: The move puts Windows in more places, including on iOS and Android, though its capabilities there are more limited than on a PC.

Microsoft said Windows 365 will be available Aug. 2.

  • It will initially serve up Windows 10, though Windows 11 will also be an option once it is made available later this year.

How it works:

  • The Windows desktop, including the OS, apps and files, all run from Microsoft's cloud.
  • Because it is based in the cloud, users can start work on one device, then log in and pick up work on another.

Yes, but: Because it's coming from the cloud, Windows 365 requires a persistent internet connection.

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