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Microsoft launches Cloud PC for the hybrid world of work

The Windows 365 cloud service has been launched to enable professional users and businesses (initially) to stream their Windows 10 (and 11, eventually) device and apps from anywhere

Microsoft has announced Windows 365, a new cloud service – or cloud PC – that allows users to stream a Windows device from any location and on a variety of devices including tablets and Apple products.

The tech giant said that Windows 365 “takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience – including all your apps, data, and settings – to your personal or corporate devices. This approach creates a fully new personal computing category, specifically for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.”

The service is initially being rolled out to businesses as a new dawn of hybrid and remote workforces emerges across the professional landscape. It will launch in August for business customers “of all sizes” and will stream a version of Windows 10, with the successor, Windows 11, being available upon launch.

“We have an opportunity to design the tools that will empower this new world of hybrid work with a new perspective, and the power and security of the cloud,” Microsoft said in its announcement, adding that businesses have transformed themselves through virtual processes and remote collaboration during a pandemic period that has brought on a new age of digital empowerment.