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Image: Microsoft

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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Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 23, 2021 - Technology

Hands-on with Microsoft's new Surface hardware

Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Since I was in Seattle anyway, I managed to pop over to Redmond Wednesday to check out the array of Surface hardware Microsoft debuted earlier in the day.

Why it matters: Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 on Oct. 5 and the new products give it a fresh lineup to accompany the biggest update to its operating system in years.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.