Microsoft bundles Windows 11 with Windows 365 cloud PCs

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New Windows 365 features are designed to improve the hybrid experience. Among other things, in the future it will be possible to switch directly between the cloud PC and the local desktop.

Microsoft hosts virtual event on hybrid work new features for Windows 365 presented. The goal is to improve the experience between Windows 11 and Windows 365, or the boundary between local PC usage and Cloud PC. blur.

Windows 365 is a cloud-based virtualization service from Microsoft that builds on and complements Azure Virtual Desktop. It brings the desktop, apps, tools, and data from Windows 10 or Windows 11 to any personal or work device, including PCs, Macs, iPads, and Android devices. The so-called Cloud PC is designed for hybrid work scenarios.

A new feature called Windows 365 Boot has been announced. This allows users to set up a cloud profile that they can download directly. Currently, you must always boot the operating system first on the device and then on the Cloud PC.

On the other hand, the Windows 365 app lets you pin your own cloud desktop apps to the Windows 11 taskbar and start menu. This should make it easier to access important apps on your cloud PC.

In addition, Microsoft is expanding the Windows Local System Task Switcher with the Windows 365 Switch feature. It allows you to directly switch between cloud PC and local desktop.

Microsoft introduces offline use with Windows 365 Offline. In the future, users will still be able to use Cloud PC if they lose their internet connection. As soon as the connection is restored, the Cloud PC automatically syncs with Windows 365 without any data loss.

“These scenarios are business critical and are just the beginning of our integration of Windows and the Microsoft cloud,” Panos Panay, Microsoft executive vice president and chief product officer, wrote in a blog post.

However, Microsoft did not provide any pricing or availability information for the new features. ZDNet USA readers sometimes refer to this service as “surprisingly expensive”. In Germany, prices range from €29.10 to €147.50 per user per month, depending on the configuration chosen.

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