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Microsoft Launches Cloud-Based Version Of Windows Operating System

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) is offering its Windows operating system as a cloud-based service, making it easier to access business apps that need Windows from a wider range of devices like a Mac, PC, iPhone, Android phone, or Chromebook, compatible with HTML 5.

The service, Windows 365 will roll out on Aug. 2 and will work somewhat like buying a new Windows PC, but instead of waiting for a physical machine to arrive in the mail, the employee or student will access the operating system in the cloud across a variety of devices. The cloud-based version came in response to feedback from clients who wanted to have quicker and easier PC access regardless of physical location. Microsoft hopes the Windows 365 technology will be easy enough for small-business owners or smaller schools to introduce without a large IT department, with a predictable monthly bill based on the size of each virtual computer.

“We define that shift to hybrid work as really being flexibility in how, when and where you work. That’s really the pattern that we’re seeing develop all across the world as people are starting to experiment,” stated Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 software.

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(Read Original Story: Microsoft to offer cloud-based version of Windows operating system in Reuters)


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