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Microsoft pauses free Windows 365 cloud PC trials after ‘significant demand’


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Microsoft launched its new cloud PC Windows 365 service earlier this week, and the company has already had to pause free trials due to demand. Windows 365 lets you rent a cloud PC — with a variety of CPU, RAM, and storage options — and then stream Windows 10 or Windows 11 via a web browser. The service reached max capacity after only a day of signups.
 
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Windows 365 lets you stream a cloud PC to a web browser

 

Still in the free trial phase so not too shocking but I wonder if interest will hold once people have to pay for it. I struggle to see any value in this given that the pricing is so steep. 

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Maybe I need to try Windows 365. However unless I am a company that needs high performance computing but can only afford low end PC's....I do not see many use cases for Windows 365. Maybe im missing something.

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I was going to rant about the pricing model but before I go on a tangent, does anyone know what they mean by "vCPU"? I'm assuming that means 1 thread but I haven't found a clear answer. 

 

If it is 1 thread, the pricing is terrible. If it's something else, maybe it does make sense. 

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The place where I work had a similar system and they assigned Virtual Cpus (vCPUs), virtual Memory, etc to individuals. 

We had a two core 4 thread v cpu to do our jobs :). 

While nice this solution was not very flexible for covid so we all went with laptops. 

 

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10 hours ago, Mistio said:

The place where I work had a similar system and they assigned Virtual Cpus (vCPUs), virtual Memory, etc to individuals. 

We had a two core 4 thread v cpu to do our jobs :). 

While nice this solution was not very flexible for covid so we all went with laptops. 

 

If a vCPU in Microsoft terms is similar then the pricing makes a lot more sense. Kinda weird that it's so hard to find any actual specs though. 

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