What exactly is Cloud PC?
The concept of Cloud PC aims to completely change the way you use Windows. Programs have always been downloaded, installed and run on our main computer, using the computer’s processing power. With the arrival of this new concept, Microsoft wants to turn the tables. With Cloud PC, Microsoft wants users to be able to access Windows from anywhere, all thanks to the cloud of Microsoft 365.
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Microsoft already has a similar service called Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop), with the difference that this service is designed for large companies. Cloud PC wants to break through into personal computing, allowing users, and small businesses, to have a PC from anywhere, just needing an Internet connection.
The PC in the cloud will give us access to the Windows desktop, popular programs and all kinds of settings and content. All this will only have to be configured once, and from there we will always have it prepared. The data that we keep in our Cloud PC will be stored safely thanks to the Azure platform.
Virtualized computers can be customized according to the needs of each one. But, roughly speaking, an average PC will feature a dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 96GB SSD. Some perfect requirements to run Windows 11. If we need more power, we can rent more processors, and up to 8 GB of RAM.
When will this new operating system concept arrive?
In the absence of official confirmation, Microsoft is expected to carry out an event this week to officially introduce your new Cloud PC. In addition, the preview of this new Windows as a service will be available very soon, allowing any user interested in trying it to have a first contact with it.
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The only thing we can know for sure right now is that this service will be paid, and variable depending on the needs. Of course, it will have a much more affordable price than Azure Virtual Desktop, since Microsoft wants open a gap within personal computing in small businesses, and even within the domestic sphere. The power of the servers will limit the type of programs that we can execute. For example, Cloud PC will not be designed to use very powerful editing programs, such as Premiere, CAD software, rendering engines, or games.
Cloud PC will use Microsoft Graph to integrate into the Microsoft 365 experience. What we do not know exactly is if it will be a service available to all users or the price that this service will have. If this week, in the end, the event takes place, we will soon leave doubts.