In mid-2020, reports of a new “PC in the cloud” service from Microsoft surfaced online. It was stated to be a new desktop-as-a-service offering that was built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop, and is rumored to launch sometime this year. Now, according to a recent reportIt seems that we are only a couple of months away from the official launch of Microsoft’s Cloud PC service for customers.
Microsoft Cloud PC: Desktop as a Service
Rumored release schedule
For the uninitiated, the Microsoft Cloud PC service (codenamed “Project Deschutes”) is expected to allow customers to access a remote Windows desktop and use software like Microsoft Office remotely using their devices like, whatever call, thin clients. In this way, users will be able to access and work on a Windows desktop without having to have a desktop setup.
Now, although the service would launch sometime in early 2021, there were no additional details about it until now. So according to a recent report by Mary Jo Foley from ZDNetMicrosoft could launch the Cloud PC service to the masses in June or early July, which is only a couple of months away.
According to Foley, the Redmond giant is currently testing the service privately and could officially present it at its annual Inspire partner conference, which will take place in mid-July 2021. And as will Microsoft. looking for partners to sell the Cloud PC service, the timing of the launch couldn’t be more appropriate.
How will it work?
Once launched, users will be able to access your desktop in the cloud using the Microsoft Remote Desktop application, which is available on Windows 10, Android, macOS, and iOS. Additionally, Microsoft will reportedly offer the service in three configurations which are as follows:
- Lite: 2 vCPU 4GB RAM 96GB SSD (General purpose optimized for cost and flexibility)
- Standard: 2 vCPU 8GB RAM 96GB SSD (Advanced computing needs optimized for performance and speed)
- Advanced: 8GB RAM, 3 vCPUs, 40GB SSD (accelerated graphics optimized for scalability and data processing)
So, as you can imagine, Microsoft aims to cater to all types of PC user to take advantage of its cloud PC service. Additionally, the company promises to provide users with a secure, cloud-based, and always up-to-date Windows experience to improve productivity.
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