The Future Is Here… Sort Of

Your PC in the Cloud: It May Finally Be Time

Microsoft’s Windows 365 may be the beginning of the end for computing as we know it today. Yes, really.

Kostas Farkonas
Geek Culture
Published in
4 min readJul 17, 2021

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Running the full Windows 10 operating system and any compatible application over the Internet is an option that businesses and people will have in August. The Cloud PC is officially real, people. (Image: Microsoft)

Seemingly out of nowhere — rumors about a “cloud version of Windows” were all over the Web last summer but hadn’t resurfaced since — Microsoft unveiled a different future direction for modern computing. As all things “futuristic” in computing these days it has to do with “the cloud”, not just with data and storage though: Windows 365 is a virtualized but complete operating system, a networked version of Windows 10 that will be available to use starting August 2. The marketing concept is, rather predictably, described as “the Cloud PC”, which is not exactly accurate but close enough for most people to understand: a PC “living” in servers that anyone can “rent”.

The tech Windows 365 is based on isn’t new: Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop service is used by IT staff for setting up remote virtual PCs for years now. But it’s a technical process associated with computing power consumption, fluctuating costs and other parameters that make that model hard to understand and follow. Windows 365 is much more straightforward: businesses or people will only have to pick the basic configuration of the “PC in the…

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Kostas Farkonas
Geek Culture

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