Microsoft Readying Windows 10 OS As A ‘Cloud PC’ SaaS Model Through Azure Cloud

Windows 10 OS might be shifting to the cloud in the next year. Microsoft appears to be evolving the operating system to be offered as a ‘Desktop-As-A-Service’. The ‘Cloud PC’ could run on Microsoft Azure’s remotely hosted servers,  work on the traditional SaaS (Software as a Service) model, and be offered on a per-user subscription pricing.

Microsoft already has a powerful Windows Virtual Desktop. The company appears to be looking to expand the offering beyond the enterprise segment. In the near future, which could be as early as next year, Microsoft could build and deploy a new desktop-as-a-service offering built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop. The entire package would be streamed from Microsoft Azure servers.

Microsoft Windows 10 OS As Cloud PC Indicates A Job Listing For Windows-as-a-Service Solution For Businesses:

Microsoft is attempting to create a true virtualized Windows PC experience, indicates a job description that is looking for a program manager for Microsoft’s Cloud PC team. The description of Cloud PC isn’t detailed or specific, but does indicate what the job entitles,

“Microsoft Cloud PC is a strategic, new offering that is built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop to delivering Desktop as a Service. At its core, Cloud PC provides business customers a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience and will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner.”

Clearly, Microsoft is currently calling the coming virtualization service “Cloud PC.” It appears the Cloud PC initiative won’t replace locally installed Windows and the core MS Office apps. However, it could be offered as an option for customers who want to use their own Windows PCs basically like thin clients, with Windows, Office, and potentially other software delivered virtually by Microsoft.

Microsoft could be modeling Windows 10 Desktop as a Service along the lines of Microsoft-365. It could be managed by Microsoft and sold for a flat per-user price, indicates the description. Windows Virtual Desktop pricing generally revolves around Azure server time and resource consumption. Needless to add, the subscription price per user will have to be optimized.

Microsoft To Offer Windows 10 OS As Cloud PC On Azure Servers Next Year?

Microsoft currently has different MS Office licenses available for Enterprise customers. It entitles access to MS Office apps that are stored and run from the remote Azure cloud servers. Moreover, there’s also a Windows Virtual Desktop Service that lets companies run applications installed in the cloud on client PCs.

Microsoft also offers Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD). It is a subscription offering under which Microsoft sets up, updates, and manages business users’ Windows 10 PCs for a fee. The subscription also gets enterprise customers many Microsoft software suites as well as service, support, and upgrade privileges. Hence, the core concept and even the business idea, as well as subscription plans for quite similar products and software, already exist.

Speaking about the timeline for the availability of Windows 10 as a SaaS product, reports indicate Microsoft might start offering it as early as next year. Interestingly, Microsoft might just name the service ‘Windows 365’.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.