Many people seem to like the idea of streaming a cloud PC inside a web browser.
Two days after Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows 365, the company was forced to halt new trial signups until more capacity could be built to support the influx of potential paid customers. It’s too soon to declare it a success, but the company says the response has been “significant.”
This month, Microsoft introduced Windows 365, a new service that essentially moves your PC to the cloud via Azure-hosted Windows 10 virtual machines. Pricing ranges from $20 to $162 per month, depending on your specific requirements, but there’s something to be said for the convenience and security it brings to the modern hybrid workspace.
Some entrepreneurs have attempted to apply this concept to the Chrome web browser, as many people can do the majority or all of their work from there. However, Microsoft’s implementation appears to be generating significantly more interest —
so much so, that the company has reportedly run out of server capacity to support the high number of people who signed up for the two-month trial of Windows 365.
According to Scott Manchester, who presides over the Windows 365 Team, the company has had to temporarily pause signups until it manages to build additional capacity. That said, you can still sign up to be notified as soon as the trial becomes available, or straight up purchase access to the service if you’re not willing to wait.
It appears that the old idea of turning your devices into dumb terminals that connect to a powerful mainframe is a lot more popular in 2021 than it was decades ago, when companies like Oracle and IBM tried to push it to the masses.
With massive data centres, high-speed connectivity, and most new productivity apps being essentially web apps in a container, the dumb terminal, in the form of the Cloud PC, has a real chance of taking off.