Microsoft is bringing Windows to a web browser, and it will work on iPad and Mac
Today Microsoft unveiled a new service called Windows 365, and it allows users to run a full version of Windows in a web browser on any device. At first, the new service is only available to businesses, but given Microsoft’s focus on cloud platforms, it is highly likely that it will become available to consumers at some point. in the future. Microsoft offers Windows 365 for businesses of all sizes, whether you’re an individual salon or a giant organization. The best part? You can run Windows 365 on an iPad in addition to a Mac.
Just as Microsoft’s Xbox streaming service creates a virtual Xbox in the cloud, Windows 365 creates a virtual cloud PC. Cloud PCs that you set up with Windows 365 can be fully customized, just like a physical PC. You can also choose the amount of RAM and storage in a virtual PC. According to Microsoft’s website, you can set up a cloud PC with up to 512 GB and 16 GB of RAM.
Windows 365 can deliver an âinstant start experienceâ with full Windows apps to any device. Your cloud-based PC saves its state so you can switch between devices and platforms seamlessly. This is the first time that the iPad will be able to run a full desktop operating system with traditional windowing and apps, although this is only possible through a web browser.
Microsoft says it has taken steps to secure cloud PCs with the Zero Trust architecture. Logging into a virtual PC through Windows 365 will require multi-factor authentication. Everything is encrypted, from stored data to your network traffic.
The company built Windows 365 on its Azure Virtual Desktop platform so that business admins can track all cloud PCs in their organization.
Hopefully Microsoft will bring Windows 365 to consumers as soon as possible. I wish I could use a traditional desktop environment on my iPad Pro, and I’m sure there are plenty of other people who would as well. Mac users would also benefit from a consumer cloud PC, as they wouldn’t have to install Windows through Boot Camp or Parallels.
Microsoft will launch Windows 365 on August 2, 2021 for businesses of all sizes. Windows 365 will support Windows 10 at launch and can be upgraded to Windows 11 at a later date. Windows 365 will work in modern web browsers on Macs, iPads, Android devices, and Linux devices.
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