It looks like the wait for Microsoft’s highly anticipated PC as a Windows 10 service is coming to an end, with the new offering expected to arrive in the coming months.
While there has been no official word from Microsoft, ZDNet sources have suggested the company is targeting a June to July release window, ahead of the annual Inspire conference.
At the moment, the Cloud PC website displays an error message explaining that the service is currently unavailable, which suggests that testing is still underway behind the scenes.
Windows 10 cloud PC
Information on Microsoft’s New PC Cloud Service First came to light last summer, when eagle-eyed reporter Mary Jo Foley discovered a job description with details about the project.
“Microsoft Cloud PC is a new strategic offering based on Windows Virtual Desktop. At its core, Cloud PC provides business customers with a modern, resilient, cloud-based Windows experience and will make it easier and more scalable for businesses to stay up to date, ”the list states.
In essence, Cloud PC will allow users to access a remote Windows 10 desktop and Office 365 software, using their own device as a thin client. The service will be separate from the existing Windows Virtual Desktop offering, in that customers will be charged a flat rate per user, as opposed to a fee based on resource consumption.
In February, it emerged that Microsoft would be offering several different “service plans” customer choice, each offering a different level of performance and storage capacity.
In a more recent job listing, Microsoft explained that the new Azure-based service “enables all users to be productive from anywhere, on any device with a cloud-based Windows experience,” secure and always up to date ”.
“It also allows terminal managers to instantly provision cloud-hosted PCs and manage physical and virtual devices through a unified portal.”
The implications for businesses could be significant, allowing businesses to reduce both hardware costs and administrative burden, while providing employees with the necessary applications.