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Microsoft may launch its upcoming Cloud PC service as early as summer 2021

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What you need to know

  • A Cloud PC service by Microsoft is reportedly in the works.
  • A new report suggests its launch is now just a few months away.
  • It could launch as soon as summer 2021.

According to a new report from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is apparently gearing up to launch its Cloud PC service, which could arrive as soon as this summer.

Foley states that she's hearing the tech giant may be aiming for a June or July launch of the service, potentially to coincide with Microsoft's Inspire conference (opens in new tab), which will be held from July 14 through July 15 as a digital event.

Reports on Microsoft's Cloud PC service date back to last year, when the Azure-powered project was first rumored to be coming as soon as spring 2021. Now that spring 2021 is winding to a close, summer is the next best bet for any big announcements and service launches.

Details on the service are scarce, but ZDNet mentions that Microsoft plans to sell its new cloud service at a "flat per-user price." It will be a managed Microsoft 365 experience, which makes sense given that its core functionalities are reportedly giving users remote access to a Windows desktop wherein they can utilize software such as the suite of useful programs that fall under the umbrella of Microsoft Office.

As mentioned in a Microsoft job posting (opens in new tab) with some relevance to the upcoming Cloud PC service, the goal of the service is to provide users with an always accessible, always up-to-date Windows experience that will enable productivity from anywhere.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

10 Comments
  • Microsoft finally allowing cloud (remote) desktop access a thing on xbox?
  • I guess this is how non-intel based Macs will have to run Windows from now on.
  • that's a great pick up.
  • I’ve had no issues with Parallels and Windows 10 ARM. But, this may be the best option until more applications are released with ARM in mind.
  • But there is no official version of Windows for ARM to download and maybe never will be. You can currently only use an Insider or beta version of Windows on ARM which may be stable now but is not at other times of the year. It also uses a lot of data and sends a lot of telemetry.
  • I can't wait to see how this unrolls. Exciting times! 🙂
  • Would this allow me to have access to Windows on my phone if I wanted? If yes then I would definitely be willing to pay a monthly subscription for it
  • See what you just did to me. Now I am drooling with that possibility.
  • Yea, it should, if you really want to run Windows on a sub 6" screen. Been there, done that. You can try it today with RDP. It was actually something that made some sense with Windows Mobile and Continuum. Had a Lumia 950XL hooked to a big monitor via the Dock MS sold for it. Keyboard and mouse directly via BT. Pulled up RDP on the Continuum based big monitor and logged into an Azure based Windows 10 VM. Installed Office 365 on the VM and played around a bit. The experience was very much like sitting in front of the PC I was virtualizing.
  • And just like that, Microsoft totally kills off the IT department....