Sun Aug 08 2021
However, Windows 365 plans can still be purchased by organisations interested in early adoption of the service
It was barely two days after the general availability release of Windows 365 Cloud PC Service that Microsoft had to put a hold on the trial due to the 'unbelievable' demand in the product.
Microsoft were quick to announce that the trial had been paused but that they were provisioning more capacity to support it.
Until that happens however, the service can be purchased if people are still keen to try it out for themselves.
Microsoft are also still encouraging anyone interested in the trial to sign up so that they can be automatically notified when more capacity becomes available.
Windows 365 introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when it's generally available later this calendar year) for all types of workers, from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers.
Windows 365 is so different as it doesn’t require a user to use a device issued by their employer. Instead, they can access all of their company’s software by logging into windows365.microsoft.com.
To work, Windows 365 will only require a device that includes a HTML5 browser and a DSL connection or, a wireless internet connection that is capable of streaming video.
It offers a wide range of RAM, CPU and storage options to end-users and, Microsoft hope it will offer people a ‘complete computing experience’ through their web browser or any native app with an internet connection.
It’s also capable of being run on any PC, MAC, iPad or mobile device with a browser… no matter who the manufacturer is.
Microsoft built Windows 365 Cloud PC Service to fulfil the growing demands of the hybrid market that has evolved during and after the coronavirus pandemic, allowing employees to more efficiently split their time between the office and their homes.
Currently, Windows 365 Cloud PC Service is only being offered to enterprises and organisations, not individual customers, with business plans capped at 300 users per organisation (although enterprise level organisations may have unlimited users.
The other major difference between business and enterprise level access is that Business customers will be able to access Windows 365 through the URL windows365.microsoft.com, whilst Enterprise level customers will have it directly integrated with their Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
The entry-level $20 per user per month Business prices provides a Cloud PC with a single virtual core, 2 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage and requires the Windows Hybrid Benefit. Those without an existing licence will pay $4 more per user per month.
A "Premium" plan with four virtual cores, 16 GB RAM, and 128 GB storage costs $66 per month with the $4 discount. The most expensive $158 per user per month ($162 without Hybrid Benefit) option provides a Cloud PC with 8 virtual cores, 32 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.
Sun Aug 08 2021