Microsoft's New Windows 365 Will Take PCs to the Cloud

Changes for a new era of hybrid work

Today Microsoft announced a new way to work with the launch of Windows 365, the company’s new cloud-based option for hybrid employees at businesses of all sizes using Windows 10 or Windows 11 (once it’s available later this year).

The new cloud offering will take the operating system to the cloud by streaming apps, settings, and even data to the user’s personal or company computer while enabling users to easily pick up whatever task they were last working on from any location. The monthly service will become available to businesses on Aug. 2. 

Microsoft's New Windows 365 Will Take PCs to the Cloud

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As workers have increasingly been called back to the office recently after a year of remote work, many have found themselves on hybrid schedules—spending a few days on-site and working a few days from home. 

This partly-remote model has created numerous challenges for workers and businesses alike, ranging from increased security risks to simply making it difficult to pick up where staff left off at their last location.

"With Windows 365, we’re creating a new category: the Cloud PC," Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, said in a press release. "Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organizations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location.

As workers have increasingly been called back to the office recently after a year of remote work, many have found themselves on hybrid schedules

Over the last year, Microsoft systems have been plagued with security issues ranging from the SolarWinds attack to the recent PrintNightmare vulnerability, which presented additional challenges related to security patches.

Still, the company promises strong security in Microsoft 365 through cloud-based information and data storage based on Zero Trust principles, along with more flexibility in where they can work, with an instant on-boot into what the company describes as their "personal cloud PC."

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