We reported in July 2020 that Microsoft is working on a new service called Microsoft CloudPC built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop to deliver Desktop as a Service. At its core, CloudPC provides business customers a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience and will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner. End users can access their work apps and programs online, from any device.
Besides letting companies run modern apps on Windows 7 securely, it would also have allowed win32 apps to run on Windows 10X.
Microsoft has so far not officially confirmed the service, but now more evidence of its existence has popped up, courtesy of an entry on Microsoft’s support pages.
The support page for Device Management Template type, lists CloudPC as one if its templates.
Some details of the device have leaked out already, detailed below:
- Microsoft CloudPC is codenamed Project Deschutes.
- Microsoft CloudPC service can be accessed online via cloudpc.microsoft.com.
- Once the CloudPC setup is done, users can also access their cloud desktop using Microsoft Remote Desktop app available on Windows 10, macOS, iOS and Android devices.
- For now, Microsoft will offer CloudPC in following three configurations:
- Lite: 2 vCPU 4GB RAM 96GB SSD (General purpose optimized for cost and flexibilty)
- Standard: 2 vCPU 8GB RAM 96GB SSD (Advanced compute needs optimized for performance and speed)
- Advanced: 8 GB RAM, 3 vCPU, 40 GB SSD (Accelerated graphics optimized for scability and data processing)
Given the great reception Project xCloud has received, it seems pretty reasonable to ask why we should not stream our desktops when we are already successfully streaming high-performance games.
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