What you need to know
- Windows 365 was announced at Microsoft Inspire 2021.
- Certain pricing details were accidentally revealed pre-launch, but most were unknown.
- Now, the service has officially launched, and all pricing information has been disclosed.
Windows 365, a cloud PC service that will let you take Windows 11 or Windows 10 with you wherever you go via the power of the cloud, has officially launched. It will enable you to bring Windows to just about any device, be they Mac, iPad, or Android tablet, and the minimum price to enter is $20 per month.
But — and there's a big but here — this service is focused on businesses and enterprise customers, so don't go thinking that just anyone can snatch up a Windows 365 plan whenever they need Windows for a short stint on a non-native device.
Regardless, if this service sounds interesting to you, here's the rub on prices: At the bare minimum end of the spectrum, you can get 1vCPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and 12GB of outbound data for $20 per user per month. However, that requires you to have the Windows Hybrid Benefit. Without it, the minimum monthly buy-in is $24.
At the high end of the pricing spectrum is the 8vCPU, 32GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, 70GB of outbound data option for $162 per user per month (or $158, if you have Windows Hybrid Benefit). In between the low and high extremes are a wide variety of different configs to suit your business' specific needs. Want to shave off a couple dozen bucks per month by cranking down the gigabyte count of RAM and storage? You can. Check out Microsoft's website for a full rundown of all the different pricing options currently available to business and enterprise customers.
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