While Windows and Office remain super-popular, especially in the consumer market, Microsoft’s main cash cow is cloud services, and Azure itself is setting new growth records every quarter. Microsoft has also apparently been looking at ways to expand its services, including a virtualization service called Cloud PC.
As the name suggests, Cloud PC will technically allow customers to use computers managed in the cloud by Microsoft and pre-install software such as Windows, Office, Microsoft Teams, and more. So basically, Cloud PC is a virtualization experience where users connect and access a range of applications provided by Microsoft. According to ZDNet, the Cloud PC is working well and now Microsoft plans to release it in the spring of 2021. However, although you can see the service name to know the general description of the cloud PC, but because Microsoft is trying to keep everything a secret, so more details have not been released.
Microsoft’s cloud PC is a strategic new product built on AWindows Virtual Desktop to provide desktop-as-a-service, Microsoft said in a filing. At the heart of Cloud PCs is a modern, resilient, cloud-based Windows experience for enterprise customers that will allow enterprises to stay up-to-date in a simpler and scalable way.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has explored such a product, and not long ago similar rumors related to its operating system, the Windows 365 subscription service. Like Cloud PCs, Windows 365 was built on an Office 365-like basis, technically providing users with a virtualization service built for Windows. However, if Microsoft uses the right pricing system, Cloud PC could easily become Microsoft’s cash cow. Microsoft is likely to adopt a subscription model, with a likely charge for each user and a renewed focus on the business.