Windows 11 may soon make it way to the cloud in a bid to reach a larger user base, according to private internal documents recently made public in Microsoft’s continuing legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission over its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Despite the fact that Microsoft already provides a cloud-based service called Windows 365 for enterprises, these documents suggest that the company is thinking about making this option available to consumers. This implies that it’s possible that people will be able to stream and use Windows 11 on any personal device they possess in the not too distant future.
This development is clearly mentioned in the paper, which was spotted by spotted by Windows Central, on page 30 of the digital PDF. Microsoft defines its objectives for the fiscal year 2022 in the “Modern Life strategy and priorities” section, one of which is to broaden the appeal of cloud PCs by utilizing Windows 365. On page 39, the company goes into greater detail about its plan to use Windows 365 to make it possible to stream the entire Windows operating system from the cloud to any device.
Microsoft’s desire to combine “the power of the cloud and client” to improve AI-driven services and enable seamless mobility of customers’ digital experiences is particularly intriguing.
The integrations within Windows 11’s taskbar and the capability to quickly switch between local and cloud-based Windows PCs after authenticating onto a physical Windows computer are examples of the innovations already made possible by Windows 365.
The software maker has made significant investments in cloud computing for a significant amount of time and has had outstanding success in this area. Customers can already play Xbox Cloud Gaming through it, and over time, applications like Microsoft Office have completely moved to the cloud. So it makes sense to incorporate Windows into this field as well. It’s important to note that this is not the first time the idea of a Windows cloud has been brought up.
Windows Central’s Zac Bowden previously discovered internal docs indicating potential features for a consumer version of Windows 365, including a rumored monthly fee of $10 and the ability for parents to access their child’s cloud PC session. It is crucial to note, however, that none of these specifics have been formalized, and they remain speculative rumors at this time.