Microsoft may be finalizing the details for the launch of its virtualized desktop as a service to launch it this summer. Microsoft Cloud PC, as it has been known so far, could arrive between June and July. Just in time for Microsoft’s annual partner conference, Inspire, which this year will take place in mid-July, according to ZDNet.
Microsoft Cloud PC, codenamed Project Deschutes by the company, is an Azure-powered service that will allow customers to use their own devices as a thin client and access a remote Windows desktop to use programs such as those in the Microsoft Office suite from anywhere with an Internet connection. Redmond plans to sell Microsoft Cloud PC as a managed Microsoft 365 experience at a fixed price per user, without being able to vary depending on the use of Azure, as is the case with Windows Virtual Desktop.
According to a leak from last year, Microsoft could offer different subscription options for its Cloud PC service, with different possibilities in terms of CPU, RAM, and storage space. Everything points to the fact that in principle there will be three options: Lite (2 vCPU, 4GB RAM, and 96GB SSD space), Standard (2 vCPU, 8GB RAM, and 96GB SSD space), and Advanced (3 vCPU, 8GB RAM and 40GB SSD). At this point, it is probably already in internal testing.
In addition to offering it as services to its customers, Microsoft may also use it so that those with Windows 10X devices can run Win32 apps, since it seems that Windows 10X will not be compatible with them, at least at launch.
On another note, Microsoft is also planning a revision of its App Store for Windows 10, to be presented at the same time as the redesign of Windows 10 known as Sun Valley, characterized by the renewal of its user experience, and that would arrive this fall. According to several sources, the company could even develop its apps for Teams and Visual Studio, which are currently not in Microsoft’s App Store, for the new store.