Microsoft released Windows 365 for business users this morning, making its flagship operating system widely available as a subscription for the first time.
It is an important step towards Microsoft’s vision of “PC in the cloud”. Business customers will be able to use the service to stream Windows 10, and subsequently Windows 11, to any device, including Mac, iPad, Linux, and Android.
Prices will vary from $ 20 / month per user to $ 162 / month per user, depending on company size and selected technical configuration, including storage, memory, and number of virtual processors.
The company has seen significant growth in recent years in parts of its business that have moved to the cloud and at subscription-based pricing, including Office 365 and the Azure cloud platform. Revenue in the company’s Windows division has not grown at the same rate.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Windows 365 at the company’s Ignite partner conference last month.