Earlier this year, we learned that Microsoft was working on a new virtualization service for enterprise customers named “Cloud PC.” The service will apparently be built on top of Microsoft’s existing Windows Virtual Desktop offering, and allow customers to use their own PC to access a remote Windows desktop with their enterprise environment available.
Mary Jo Foley From ZDNet previously found some details about this new Cloud PC offering in a job listing, where Microsoft described it as “a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience” that would be available for a subscription fee. Today, WalkingCat revealed some new information about this Cloud PC offering, with leaked screenshots revealing the existence of three different tiers (via Petri.com):
- A “Medium” tier with two virtual CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 96GB of SSD storage
- A “Heavy” tier with two virtual CPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 96GB of SSD storage
- A Advanced tier with three virtual CPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 40GB of SSD storage.
Microsoft already has an online destination for this Cloud PC offering on cloudpc.microsoft.com, though there’s currently nothing to see on this page except for a “Setting up your workspace” message. In another screenshot posted by WalkingCat, we can see that Cloud PC may also be accessible from the Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) November 5, 2020
Microsoft has yet to officially announced this new Cloud PC offering, and pricing details are still unknown. We’ll see if we get more information soon, but the idea of a remote Windows experience accessible on any device should be an interesting proposition for enterprise customers.