Microsoft pauses Windows 365 free trials due to 'significant demand'
Interest in Microsoft's new cloud PC service appears to be high, as free trials for it reached capacity in a day.
What you need to know
- Microsoft paused free trials for its new Windows 365 service.
- The service reached its capacity for free trials in a single day.
- People can sign up for a paid subscription or wait to be notified when trials resume.
Windows 365 free trials have been paused by Microsoft due to a "significant demand" for the service. Windows 365 only launched on Monday, August 2, 2021 but free trials for it reached capacity in a single day. Microsoft will add more capacity, allowing free trials to resume. People can sign up to be notified (opens in new tab) when trials are up and running again.
"Following significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365 trials," said the Microsoft 365 Twitter account. Paid plans for Windows 365 are still available on Microsoft's website.
Scott Manchester, director of program management Windows 365, said that Microsoft has "seen [an] unbelievable response to Windows 365."
Following significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365 trials. Sign up to receive a notification when trials resume or buy today, here: https://t.co/Jji5RbfTbTFollowing significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365 trials. Sign up to receive a notification when trials resume or buy today, here: https://t.co/Jji5RbfTbT— Microsoft 365 (@Microsoft365) August 3, 2021August 3, 2021
The service allows people to access a cloud PC from a wide range of devices, including iPads, Android tablets, Macs, and PCs. A subscription for the service starts at $20 per month, but prices depend on how much RAM, storage, and data people need. A subscription with a 8vCPU, 32GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and 70GB of outbound data costs $162 per user per month.
Right now, Windows 365 is only available for business or enterprise users.
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Well at least this is a good problem to have😊
Is this only for companies? I went to sign up and saw that it requires a company name, leading me to think that it's not for consumers.
Correct for now at least
@Doctor_Who I'm curious, what would you be using W365 for - as a consumer? Given that the lowest tier is $20 dollars and in 12 months that equates to $240 dollars - with which a person can get a decent, cheap Windows laptop.
I wonder how many trial slots were available... Hmm...